The Council, Hackney CVS and other local agencies have worked with young people and parents to launch an ambitious plan to improve life chances for young black men. Young black men tend to fare worse than their peers in many ways, from poorer educational results to higher rates of offending. This has been a problem for many years and public bodies and the community have tried many different approaches to dealing with it, but none have had the desired impact.
Rather than tackling individual problems, our approach involves local people, the voluntary and community sector and the public sector in shaping and delivering the solutions, with young people its heart.
The work is championed by Cllr Bramble, lead cabinet member for children and young people. We're aiming to improve life chances for future generations of young men as well as coordinate support and opportunities for those who are 18-25 now. There are many black boys, young black men and black families that are succeeding in Hackney. It's vital that this work doesn't stereotype black men or the black community or treat them as problems. The focus of this programme is on harnessing successful young black men's potential, increasing their visibility, and tackling inequalities where they exist.
Theory of change
We have engaged with young people, parents, businesses and partners from all sectors, and have identified what we believe is driving inequality, what actions we want to consider and the key issues that need to be addressed. We've pulled them together into our 'theory of change', which sets out what needs to change in order for black boys and young black men to thrive. There are challenges here for our partner agencies, young men and the wider community. We are testing the assumptions we have made and the actions we've identified to firm up our commitments by autumn 2016, while piloting work sooner if we can.
- programme summary [pdf, 830.74KB]
- background and context [pdf, 962.17KB]
- theory of change assumptions and actions to consider [pdf, 539.86KB]
- action plan to March 2018 [pdf, 800.47KB]
If you have a perspective or idea to share, please contact us.
On Thursday 23 November, we hosted a research symposium for the Young Black Men programme. The event was an opportunity to learn from academics and social researchers working on issues relating to the experiences of young Black men, while sharing our work with an external audience.
- summary of discussion [pdf, 323.55KB]
- welcome pack (including speaker biographies) [pdf, 297.48KB]
- Professor Cecile Wright, University of Nottingham - presentation [pdf, 146.24KB]
- Dr Richard Bramwell, University of Loughborough - presentation [pdf, 633.35KB]
- Dr Ayo Mansaray and Dr Charlotte Chadderton, University of East London - presentation [pdf, 788.46KB]