As our first piece of work we aimed to focus on an issue
that we felt had been ignored in Northern Ireland: we
wanted to highlight the cultural diversity that exists
here and to show that NI does not just consist of Catholic
and Protestant communities. As a direct result of this
aim we embarked on the production of a video, something
different and interesting in this field.
The video developed into an exploration of racism in Northern
Ireland and what we, and others recommend can be done to tackle
it. The video includes a series of interviews with people, and
their views on racism in Northern Ireland. These interviews
range from accounts of personal experiences of racism to professionals
providing explanations of important legislation such as the
Race Relations (NI) Order and the Good Friday Agreement. The
video was successfully launched in the autumn of 2000 with money
secured from the Community Relations Council.
Working on this video involved extensive training, not only
in the technical sense, but also gave us the opportunity to
understand and listen to differing opinions and views within
our group and within society. This enabled us to produce a video
which we hope will be relevant and significant to all and which
is not only interesting to watch, but informative and engaging.
Our long-term aim of this video is to use it as an educational
tool for the group to use to present it to other young people,
professionals and policy makers.
Our second video, but by no means our last, was completed
and launched by the end of 2001. This time the group decided
to focus on another important but not quite so obvious
issue in Northern Ireland, the attitudes surrounding policing
and young people.
The Inside Out video group was born out of a conference, held
in the Europa Hotel in Belfast during a freezing February in
1999. The conference focused on young people and their experiences
in the juvenile justice system. Groups of young people from
all over Northern Ireland came to present their experiences
of the system to politicians, lawyers and other professionals.
Youth @ CLC decided that we HAD to do something to document
the issues affecting young people and policing in Northern Ireland,
a video seemed to be the prefect vehicle (and gave us a chance
to learn some more skills, never bad!).
Both our videos are available from the Children's Law Centre
(address in Contact Us) and come with teaching packs for use
in schools or in other youth groups and cost £5.00 plus
£2.00 for postage and packaging.