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Introducing EQUAL's new Head of Policy

My name is Shadae Cazeau and I would like to introduce myself as the new Head of Policy for EQUAL.

I am honoured to have been offered this exciting role involving such an important subject, one that I am immensely passionate about. I look forward to working with a number of prominent organisations across the UK to deliver the EQUAL aims. My previous experience working at the Independent Office for Police Conduct and my legal background will be effective in moving EQUAL and BTEG forward over the next 12 months.

Following the General Election, policing is high on the new government’s agenda, making the work of EQUAL increasingly important. This includes:

  • lobbying for change in the government policies that affect the criminal justice system (CJS)

  • effectively influencing the implementation and embedding of the Lammy review recommendations.

  • playing an even bigger part in the conversation around the policies and decision making tools that directly impact young black and Muslim men.

We know that despite the work of the Lammy review, Stop and Search remains disproportionate amongst the black community. This is an area of particular concern for us at EQUAL and we will be continuing to work alongside the independent advisory group to lobby for equality in this area of the CJS.

EQUAL has three priorities over the coming 12 months

  • prisons and probation

  • the policing of black, Asian and minority ethnic young people

  • the youth justice system.

Over the next year I will be focusing on how we can have an evidential impact on these areas, influencing change at local, regional and national levels.