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.