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Muslims

Volume 704: debated on Wednesday 29 October 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What procedures were followed in deciding the membership of the Young Muslim Advisory Group; what opportunities organisations had to nominate members; what opportunities young Muslims had to apply; and who chose the members. [HL5853]

The Department for Communities and Local Government and the Department for Children, Schools and Families worked in partnership with the Muslim Youthwork Foundation and the National Youth Agency to establish the Young Muslims Advisory Group. The National Youth Agency placed a recruitment advert on their website, which was also sent to government offices, youth work organisations, and national and regional stakeholders from both the Department for Communities and Local Government and DCSF. Interested young people had two and a half weeks to apply, and 150 application forms were received.

These initial application forms were assessed by officials from the Department for Communities and Local Government and DCSF and staff from the Muslim Youthwork Foundation against previously agreed criteria, and the 40 strongest applicants were invited to attend a three-day residential assessment centre. At this they were assessed on skills such as listening, teamwork and leadership. Officials from Communities and Local Government and DCSF and staff from the Muslim Youthwork Foundation again assessed the applicants against previously agreed criteria, using these scores as a basis from which to choose the members of the group. These decisions were then put to Ministers in both Communities and Local Government and DCSF.