21. Supplementary memorandum
from The From Boyhood to Manhood Foundation
In answer to what can be done I suggest the
1. A project like The From Boyhood To Manhood
Foundation, (FBMF), or its equivalent of which there are few,
that is Ofsted registered, to be skilled up in best practice to
deliver services and education for this target group.
2. That black voluntary and community groups
that have a history of delivering quality services, and that produce
real change in communities, or whose work provide support systems
for other agencies, should be funded well, and over a minimum
period of five years subject to independent monitoring and evaluation.
3. That independent people who work effectively
in the community to combat black youth crime be supported to be
able to attend meetings, seminars and conferences so that they
can understand and utilise policy. And that they have access to
some administrative support when required.
4. A large portion of the Recovered Assets
Funds, properties and appropriate vehicles should be allocated
to Black groups mentioned in 1, 2 to enable them to develop and
adjust to the changing needs of the community more effectively,
to capacity build them and to core fund them.
5. That agencies and groups work with excluded
young people, the police, and ex-offenders where appropriate,
to produce preventative projects and programmes and employment
to these young people.
6. That refugee status teachers and other
professionals be given some kind of exemption to be able to work
with young people from their own countries within programmes,
or in partnerships, and that they are paid.
7. That public service adverts and short
programmes are created and presented to the public that presents
acceptable modes of behaviour and good conduct (citizenship for
8. That this, or another committee should
be asking these question each year until the problem is managed.
9. Prisons and detention centres encouraged
and tooled up to provide moral and ethical education, and to teach
the Calling The Shots Curriculum to under 25 year olds.
10. The promotion of positive British home
grown music, cinema and other art forms.
11. More combative and team sport in school,
so they learn to cope with defeat and success graciously.
12. Fully staffed safe houses/centres for
young people in conflict with parents.
13. More new language choices, taught alongside
the usual European ones, that are relevant to the communities
that the schools serve, ie Peckham = Yoruba.
14. More twinning of cities and exchanges.
15. More information given in school about
the political/citizenship process to help young people understand
how the country is governed at both local and national levels.
This can be done through the arts, Youth Forums, Mayors Office,
16. More culturally-specific counselling
and therapy. Current provision eg, CAHMS is falling short of its
outcomes in relation to Every Child Matters.
Ms Decima Francis