The Youth Select Committee will look at the following issues as
part of its inquiry:
Awareness and Education
- How prevalent do you think racism and religious discrimination
are? What do you think is meant by racism and religious
- To what extent are people, particularly young people, aware of
incidents of racism and religious discrimination? Do victims of
racism and religious discrimination feel able to, and know how to,
report that they have been a victim?
- What role do, and should, the Government and other
organisations play in educating and in enabling young people,
parents and the wider community to explore racism and religious
- Is the current education (not only that provided by schools or
education institutions) delivered to young people on racism and
religious discrimination appropriate and effective? What changes
could be made?
- How does the content and quality of education on racism and
religious discrimination vary by school/education institution? Why
does this variation occur?
- Is the training and guidance teachers receive on delivering
lessons on racism and religious discrimination sufficient to
prepare them to deliver such lessons?
- At what age should lessons on racism and religious
discrimination and its consequences be taught to young people? How
should the styles of teaching and content be varied?
- What is the most effective way to engage with young people on
the topic of racism and religious discrimination? Can it be varied
to reach a wider audience? Are there any examples of engagement
resulting in positive outcomes and change?
- Do young people have opportunities to discuss and experience
other cultures and explore diversity?
- Who currently provides information and support to those who
have been victims of racism and religious discrimination? Who
should be providing it?
- Are young people aware of specialised services for victims of
racism and religious discrimination? Are they easily accessible and
effective? What changes should be made to these services?
- How should services that provide information and support to
victims of racism and religious discrimination be delivered, in
terms of access and means of delivery? What changes are needed? Are
there examples of good practice we should draw on?
- Are you aware of, or do you provide, services for those who
racially or religiously discriminate others? Are these effective?
What changes are needed?
- What methods or tools are currently used within and outside the
school environment to prevent or deter people from discriminating
against others on a racial and religious basis (for example,
lessons, workshops, online tools and videos)? Are these methods
effective? How could they be improved?
- Are you aware of any work in local communities which has
promoted diversity and inclusivity? What positive outcomes did this
have on the local community?
- Does your place of education or work (as appropriate) do
anything to combat racism and religious discrimination? If so what?
Is it effective?
Call for evidence
Interested groups or individuals are encouraged to submit
written evidence to the inquiry. Written evidence should be
received by the Committee no later than 12 noon on
31st May 2015.
Form of written evidence: How to respond
Responses should ideally be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The body of the e-mail should include a name and contact details.
It should be clear who the submission is from, particularly whether
it is on behalf of an organisation or in the name of an
If you do not have access to e-mail, you may send a paper copy
of your response to the Clerk of the Youth Select Committee,
Internal Audit, Care of the Office of the Chief Executive, House of
Commons, London, SW1A 0AA.
It assists the Committee if those submitting written evidence
adhere to the following guidelines:
- Written submissions should be in Word or Rich Text Format
- Submissions should be as short as is consistent with conveying
the relevant information. As a rough guide, it is usually helpful
if they can be confined to 1,500 words (about 4 pages) or
- Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference.
- A summary of the main points at the start of the submission is
- Material already published elsewhere should not form the basis
of a submission but may be referred to in the response, preferably
with a hyperlink.
- The Committee will not investigate any individual cases of
Evidence that is submitted will be published on the British
Youth Council website.
Please contact the inquiry team on email@example.com