Belfast Telegraph

Bank expert to join youth event

A former Bank of England expert will join an international conference in Northern Ireland on youth unemployment and lack of education next spring.

David Blanchflower was part of the central bank's interest rate-setting monetary policy committee and is a specialist in joblessness among young people.

He and others will be considering how to prevent a 'lost generation' with no qualifications from drifting into criminality during the Belfast meeting.

Riots and looting erupted across England this summer, sparking debate on how to engage with those from deprived areas. Northern Ireland has experienced bouts of mob violence for many years, with serious disturbances in east Belfast and north Belfast in July.

Conference organiser Nick Garbutt said: "The crisis amongst young people is recognised as one of the gravest issues faced by governments across the world. We are bringing together global authorities on different aspects of the problem to study solutions.

"This will cover interventions in the early years of a child's life right through to the rehabilitation of young adult offenders.

"It is fitting to bring such an important international conference to Belfast because a lot of work that is being done here is of the highest possible standards."

March's Children of Conflict conference will hear from Professor Blanchflower, a world expert in youth unemployment, Chicago Professor Timothy Shanahan, who has advised two US presidents on literacy, and Dr Stuart Shanker from Toronto, an authority on brain development in children. They will be joined by authorities on rehabilitating offenders and in youth work.

More than 1,400 people have appeared in court in connection with riots that spread across England's towns and cities, damaging properties and livelihoods.

David Cameron highlighted a lack of morals and parental responsibility and Ed Miliband called for a debate on the causes of such violence.


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