Tackling Racism in Youth Work
Scottish Youth Workers’ views on dealing with racist attitudes and behaviours
Approaches to tackling racism in Scotland have tended to focus on education and awareness raising activities with young people; an understandable approach to prevention of future discrimination. However, recent analysis of criminal justice statistics by the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights shows that the level of racist incidents being perpetrated by young people has not changed in the last eight years. Exploring issues around youth and racism is one of CRER’s current priorities.
This research briefing summarises the results of a Youth Work survey carried out by the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights in early 2013. The survey aimed to provide a ‘snapshot’ of Youth Workers’ experiences, exploring how racist attitudes and behaviours are tackled within youth clubs and projects. It was expected that the less formal and standardised environment (in comparison with formal education) would provide a diverse range of perspectives on dealing with these issues.
The survey explored practical experiences in dealing with racist attitudes, as well as Youth Workers’ general opinions on how these issues are dealt with within their organisation, and their suggestions for building confidence on race equality.