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As part of our 'Leadership Month', Levelling the Playing Field was privileged to meet Neil Basu, Assistant Commissioner for Special Operations in the Metropolitan Police, and find out about the pleasures and pressures of holding such a senior role.

Levelling the Playing Field is delighted to offer CEOs, project leaders and key management staff in our network of specialist delivery partners the opportunity to take part in a bespoke leadership skills programme.

Levelling the Playing Field is delighted to offer CEOs, project leaders and key management staff in our network of specialist delivery partners the opportunity to take part in a bespoke leadership skills programme.

Pro boxer Joe Maphosa has become an Ambassador for the Levelling the Playing Field project and the Alliance of Sport.

The ‘Impact of COVID-19 on Youth Justice’ research project aims to understand and document the unprecedented implications that the pandemic has had on the youth justice system and the vulnerable children it works with.

Levelling the Playing Field has partnered with prison education provider Novus to offer sport and physical activity opportunities to children in custody and after their release.

As part of Levelling the Playing Field’s ‘Criminal Justice Month’, we asked Jay Shortall, Youth Justice Officer at Sheffield Youth Justice Service, to explain from a practitioner’s viewpoint the process for a young person entering the Youth Justice System, starting from the point of arrest.

As part of our ‘Criminal Justice Month’, we asked the Youth Justice Board’s Programme Manager for Over-Represented Children, Adam Mooney, for his thoughts on Levelling the Playing Field’s potential to achieve lasting, positive change.

We know that children with neurodivergent traits are hugely over-represented in youth justice. As part of LtPF's Neurodiversity Month, we've asked Levelling the Playing Field researcher Morgan Mitchell to look at how sport and physical activity practitioners can best engage those with autism - one of the most common neurodiverse

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As part of LtPF's Neurodiversity Month, we've invited Professor Amanda Kirby, CEO of our strategic partners Do-It Solutions, to explain why neurodiversity is so important for those working with children in community sport and criminal justice settings.

Levelling the Playing Field researcher, Morgan Mitchell, assesses some of the findings in the Centre for Justice Innovation’s report, ‘Equal diversion? Racial Disproportionality in Youth Diversion' – and seeks some solutions to the system's racial bias and disproportionality.

‘Valuing Youth Diversion: A toolkit for practitioners’ is an incredibly valuable resource for Levelling the Playing Field delivery partners seeking an evidence base to underpin their work and looking to make a strong case for continued investment.

Welsh rugby stars Leon Brown and Ashton Hewitt have pledged their support for Levelling the Playing Field as ideal role models for our participants in Gwent.

Sports neuroscientist and Levelling the Playing Field researcher, Morgan Mitchell, offers tips for looking after participants' mental health as they return to sport participation following the easing of Covid019 restrictions.

Morgan Mitchell from Levelling the Playing Field’s research team offers a fascinating perspective on the psychology and importance of diversity.

Keith Fraser, Chair of the Youth Justice Board, says a new report supporting the 'Child First' approach to youth justice will open up "exciting opportunities" for the sector. 

Levelling the Playing Field has launched ‘Team Talk’ events to bring our fabulous network of partners together.

As a return to sport and physical activity draws closer, Levelling the Playing Field takes a look at some of the ingenious ideas that our Local Delivery Partners are using to stay connected with children during lockdown. 

Levelling the Playing Field is set to benefit at-risk children in Coventry in a way that organisers of the project could never have foreseen.

The United Kingdom Committee for Unicef (Unicef UK) has praised the "innovative blueprint" offered by Levelling the Playing Field in efforts to tackle over-representation in the Youth Justice System.

Throughout February, we’ll be finding out what mentoring means to you and gaining insights into how our local delivery partners in London, Gwent, the West Midlands and South Yorkshire go about it.

Levelling the Playing Field’s local delivery partners say Sport England's Tackling Inequalities Fund has helped them provide a lifeline for participants through the ravages of Covid-19 lockdowns.

Our Levelling the Playing Field strategic partners, the Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG), have produced an Inclusive Employers Toolkit to help businesses increase the recruitment, retention and progression of young black men.

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The University of Birmingham is seeking a Part-time Research Fellow (Grade 7) who will join the Monitoring + Evaluation Team in the School of Sport, Exercise & Rehabilitation Sciences currently working on Levelling the Playing Field.

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Levelling the Playing Field’s funders have revealed the reasons behind their record £1million grant and highlighted the project’s potential to have “a major impact on social change”.

Local Delivery Partners on our Levelling the Playing Field project are showing great agility and ingenuity to continue engaging with participants during England’s second Covid-19 lockdown.

The National Youth Agency has updated its Covid Guidance after the announcement of a second national lockdown saw the youth sector move to RED in the Readiness Framework.

Darrel Arjoon says “a passion for helping young people” was behind his decision to donate free laptops to all the mentors working on Levelling the Playing Field.

As Levelling the Playing Field gets under way, the project's lead researcher Dr Hannah Baumer outlines our starting point with BAME children's under-representation in sport and physical activity and over-representation in the youth justice system.

Rotherham United Community Sports Trust are set to be the first of our Local Delivery Partners nationwide to start delivering Levelling the Playing Field as part of their weekly sport and physical activity programme. 

The Alliance of Sport in Criminal Justice has secured a grant of £90,048 from Sport England which will be immediately distributed to frontline organisations involved in the Levelling the Playing Field project. 

New figures published by the Youth Justice Board show that the need to address disproportionality in youth justice is more acute than ever.

The Alliance of Sport in Criminal Justice was delighted to see its Levelling the Playing Field project highlighted in the Youth Justice Board’s 2020-21 business plan.

The appointment of Dr. Hannah Baumer has significantly strengthened the University of Birmingham's research team working on the Levelling the Playing Field project.

Levelling the Playing Field has received a major honour after being endorsed by United by Birmingham 2022, the community programme of the Commonwealth Games.

The BBC’s Newsround has spotlighted the report from Sport England which shows that children from a BAME background are less likely to take part in sport

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The COVID-19 lockdown has seen children 

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