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Background and aims

Background and aims


Now in its second phase, led by the Black Training and Enterprise Group, the Young Review is working to take forward the recommendations from its report which was launched in December 2014.

Improving outcomes for young black and/or Muslim men in the Criminal Justice System requires long term commitment. The Young Review will continue to work with communities, voluntary sector organisations, ex-offenders, private and public providers and government to address this challenge.

Funds to support Phase II of the review have been sought from independent charitable trusts and we would like to thank the Barrow Cadbury Trust, Lankelly Chase Foundation and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation for their invaluable support.


Phase I of The Young Review ran for one year from Autumn 2013, publishing it's final report in December 2014. Building on a previous round table on ‘How the commissioning process can improve outcomes for BAME offenders?’ chaired by Baroness Young and convened by BTEG and Clinks, The Young Review brought together a Task Group of representatives from the public, private and voluntary sectors in order to:

  • Provide recommendations for current and future policy, practice and commissioning arrangements to address the disparity in outcomes experienced by young black and Muslim men in the criminal justice system;
  • contribute towards commissioning design to ensure that the needs of service users from this target group are met;
  • identify gaps and ways that commissioners and providers could be better placed to understand the evidence base;
  • provide examples of good practice;
  • and assist in the development of a collaborative approach to tackling disproportionate outcomes for young black and Muslim men in the criminal justice system.