Published on August 5th, 2012 | by The Editor
London Riots: One year on
On the first anniversary of the riots, the issues surrounding some of the most shocking civil disturbances ever seen in London have not gone away. This film interviews young people in the North East London area and asks what has changed, if anything, one year on.
During the riots anger at the government, a sense of alienation and lack of opportunities were often mentioned among the root causes of the uprising. In the aftermath, the youth of today also quickly became a scapegoat for the riots. The government launched a major policy review in the wake of the riots. However, no public inquiry was ever put into motion.
We ask whether young people feel the government have taken significant steps to address these problems. Members of local youth clubs and organizations give their views on why these riots happened in the first place and what has to change for young people in order to prevent similar scenes in the future.
In the video:
Victory Youth Group – Be part of something BIG.
The VYG network is worldwide, with chapters in more than 110 countries. Our programme is designed to cultivate young men and women of character who will work to make a difference in their generation. @VYGuk
Broadwater Farm Football Club
Run by Clasford Stirling MBE, a highly respected youth worker in Haringey, North London, the football club is part of a wider youth development program. Stirling, who has been working in the area for 32 years, sees the discipline provided by the club as one important factor in extending opportunities for young people in the area.
Aiming Skywards C.I.C is a youth led organisation that encourage a diverse range of people, namely ex offenders and those significantly at risk of offending aged 11-25 to work in partnership with and for the benefit of the wider community. We aim to simultaneously create employment opportunities. Aiming Skywards also raises self esteem/ self awareness and help young people overcome barriers that they face today. @AimingSkywards
Leap – Confronting Conflict
Leap works in partnership with the criminal justice system, community groups, the police, teachers and commercial organisations to provide training on leadership, challenging behaviour, peer mediation, identity and prejudice, preventing knife crime and group offending. @leap_cc
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