Claiming our Children from the Streets

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2007 National Black Members' Conference
21 September 2006
Carried as Amended

With increased cuts in youth services and the impact this has on young people in inner city communities’ Conference notes with concern the level of youth offending and gang cultures.

Conference notes with great concern the most recent spate of black on black violence manifesting in street robberies assaults and in some instances the murder of young persons from black and ethnic minority communities.

More recently Conference also notes the senseless killing of Jesse James a 15 year old black boy from Manchester. Jesse’s murder made national headlines but there are other victims of black on black violence related to gang culture which never receive media exposure.

Anti Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) are not the correct way of addressing youth offending and can be seen as a way of criminalising young people. We should be looking at the reasons why some young members of black and ethnic communities are attracted to gang association and explore the experiences that lead to them feeling marginalised and excluded.

Conference therefore calls upon the National Black Members Committee to:

1) organise a seminar with Trades Union Congress Race Equality Committee; National Association of Probation officers (NAPO) Prison Officers Association (POA); National Association for the Care of Rehabilitation of Offenders (NACRO); Transport and General Workers Union (TGWU); Victim Support and other bodies, to look at developing a strategy to develop public services, which will look at ways of addressing issues affecting young members of black and ethnic minority communities;

2) work with the National Executive Council and the Labour Link to lobby Government to increase provision for youth services.