September 2018 ROTA Policy E-Newsletter

Read the latest September edition of our Policy E-Newsletter now available HERE . This is our quarterly newsletter full of information about our work and what is happening around the sector in relation to race equality.

If you have something you would like to include and publicise in our next issue, scheduled for December 2018, please contact the Office Manager, Saifur Valli at more

New evidence on informal exclusions

Since 2012 ROTA has been gathering evidence on informal school exclusions - and its various guises such ‘off rolling’ and ‘home schooling’ -  to the detriment of pupils and their families who have experienced this. We also have evidence that young BAME pupils may be disproportionately affected.  It comes as no surprise to ROTA that not only is this practice continuing in 2018 but may be increasing. 

ROTA's and Race Equality Foundation's submission to the Mental Health Act Review 2018

ROTA's and Race Equality Foundation's submission to the Mental Health Act Review 2018. Following on from a wide consultation and our Institutional Racism and the Mental Health Act Review conference on 1st June 2018, hosted at University of East London. Read the submission HERE .

We would be grateful if you could show your support by signing up here, and tweeting #MHEquality #MentalHealth4AllRead more

HEAR Network: 3 equality events in September - Influencing Public Sector - Mapping and Networks - Collaboration and Partnerships for Equality

HEAR (the Human Rights and Equalities Network) will be holding 3 major equality events in September to showcase and celebrate the end of its Bridge funding from City Bridge Trust. Learn from the work we have done on the Way Ahead with our City Bridge grant funding.

Friday 7 th September 2018, 9.30am-1.15pm , London's Living Room, City Hall - Working for Equality with the GLA and Statutory Sector colleagues: Achievements and the Way Ahead for Influence in Decisions and Policy

Come along to the fantastic environment of London's Living Room at the top of...Read more

Experiences of Ethnic Minorities in Cancer Care: Opportunity to share your voice

Patient surveys in England have shown that cancer patients from ethnic minority backgrounds tend to have different experiences to White British patients when receiving cancer care support. For example, some ethnic minority groups are less likely to report being treated with respect and dignity in hospital or receiving support from GPs and nurses.

brap, an equality charity based in Birmingham ( ) is undertaking a project on behalf of NHS England to better understand the experience of cancer patients from ethnic minority...Read more

Still not safe - fresh research into violence against women seeking asylum

Women who have fled war and persecution in their home countries are not protected from abuse and violence here in the UK, in the country they thought would make them safe, finds ground-breaking new research published today by the Refugee Council and ASAP .

Women seeking asylum: Safe from violence in the UK? ’ looks at how the...Read more

Submission on Mental Health Equality in North West London in Response to Clinical Commissioning Group drafting of 2018 Equality Objectives

This is an outline of the discussions and points raised at our alternative consultation event: “Hardly Hard to Reach: We Are Having Our Say” on 12 June 2018 as well as REAP’s Networking Conference: “Building New Lives: Refugees in West London” and outreach within our networks outside those events. The response was co-produced with people from BAMER backgrounds with mental health support needs, BAMER community organisations and local councillors

This submission response specifically addresses how the eight CCGs in NWL (Ealing, Harrow, Hounslow, Hammersmith & Fulham, Hillingdon,...Read more

Next steps in the Mental Health Equality Campaign

In follow up of our alternative consultation event ‘ Hardly Hard to Reach: We Are Having Our Say ’ feeding into North West London (NWL) Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)’s Equality Objectives [L1] and the Open Letter we sent to newly elected London Councillors to call for mental health equality for people from Black, Asian and Minority, Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) backgrounds[L2] , we are now organising our...Read more

Fundamentals of Counselling training gets accreditation from OCN

Open College Network has this month given our training provided to refugee communities an accreditation at entry level 3. This training is provided by our Active Lives, Healthy Minds Project to our refugee community partners. The main objective of the project is to prevent admission to acute mental health services by providing community based mental health and well being support services to members of refugee communities. To this end the training provides basic counselling skills to volunteers providing,...Read more

Official figures reveal a disturbing rise in right wing extremism among UK youth

Scenes from the right wing demo in defence of extremist Tommy Robinson pic credit: You Tube

The somewhat violent demonstration in London this weekend in support of jailed right wing extremist Tommy Robinson was foreshadowed by figures released under three months ago by the Home Office.

The figures come from the highly controversial Prevent programme which most people see as a plan to catch young people  being radicalised by so called Islamic State and Al Qaeda before they commit atrocities.


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