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 discrimination?
  • 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 discrimination?
  • 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?


 Download the Terms of Reference.


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 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 individual.

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 wherever possible;
  • 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 less;
  • Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference.
  • A summary of the main points at the start of the submission is helpful.
  • 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 complaint.

Evidence that is submitted will be published on the British Youth Council website.

Inquiry-related questions:

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