Policy, purpose and pragmatism: dilemmas for voluntary and community organisations working with black young people affected by crime

Author: 
Helen Mills
Date: 
Wednesday, 10 June, 2009

Based on interviews with individuals from 16 VCOs, providers' accounts are discussed in relation to three main issues:

  • The explicit role of ethnicity in voluntary and community work
  • Providers' presentation of the outcomes and benefits of their approach
  • Providers' attitudes to resourcing their work and the implications of their funding environment.
  • These accounts are considered in a wider policy context in which VCOs have been identified as having an important role in addressing the over-representation of black young people in the criminal justice system.

This project was funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust.