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Reducing Disproportionality in Youth Justice


“A level playing field is a concept about fairness, not that each player has an equal chance to succeed, but that they all play by the same set of rules” – Wikipedia


The Alliance of Sport in Criminal Justice (“AoS”) working in partnership with the Youth Justice Board (YJB) has secured up to £1 million from the London Marathon Charitable Trust to deliver a ground breaking initiative aimed at using the power of sport and physical activity to engage and improve health and life outcomes for over 11,200 black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) children who are at risk of entering, or who are already disproportionately involved, in the Criminal Justice System across England and Wales.

Latest figures identified by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons show that disproportionality in the criminal Justice system is increasing. We also know that BAME children, who are overrepresented in lower socioeconomic groups, are significantly less likely to be engaged in physical activities. This can lead to increasing levels of mistrust and is a critical factor behind the presence of BAME children in the justice system.

Using a bottom-up and evidence informed approach, the project will develop a ‘model of best practice’ working with national strategic partners scaling up through a framework of robust policies and good practice.

Community of Practice 

By interfacing the space between a bottom up delivery and a top down strategic think tank, the LTPF Project aims to connect and occupy the critical beneficiary delivery space by taking a holistic approach to underlying causes and sport-driven solutions.

All the individuals involved with the delivery of the LTPF Project will be invited and encouraged to join our ‘Community of Practice’. Members will sign up to a secure online platform giving them full access to other members, Project staff, services and support.

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