Today in Birmingham

…there’s an event called “Tackling Radicalisation and Promoting Community Integration” and I’m copying the agenda here because even without attending it contains some useful information.

Chair’s Welcome Address

Kim Sadique, Interim Head of Community and Criminal Justice Division, De Montfort University Leicester


Morning Keynote: Preventing Radicalisation and the Role of Community Integration

  • Discussing the next steps following the announcement of The Counter-Extremism and Safeguarding Bill in the Queens Speech 2016
  • Outlining the government’s long term vision to tackle radicalisation
  • Exploring what the The Revised Prevent Duty Guidance means in practice and organisations legal responsibilities
  • Recognising the need for close cooperation and partnership working across police, communities and the voluntary sector
  • Identifying vulnerable and at risk members of the community then providing appropriate intervention and de-radicalisation support

Hifsa Haroon-Iqbal MBE DL, West Midlands Regional Prevent Lead, Department for Education 


Case Study: Celebrating Diversity and Building Community Cohesion – Lessons from a Further Education Institution

  • Outlining innovative initiatives to celebrate diversity and enhance community cohesion at Bradford College
  • Being praised by Ofsted for the colleges approach to successfully implementing Prevent
  • Exploring what promoting ‘British Values’ means in practice
  • Excelling in outreach and building strong partnerships with the local community

Assia Hussain, Curriculum Diversity Coordinator & Operational Prevent Lead, Bradford College


Case Study: Encouraging Community Cohesion Through Schooling

  • Exploring how the ‘no outsiders in our school’ ethos creates an inclusive atmosphere based around tolerance and respect
  • Discussing how the no outsiders ethos is delivered in practice including through the curriculum
  • Building strong links and positive communicative relationships with parents and community groups
  • Celebrating diversity and working to embed respect of difference

Hazel Pulley, Head Teacher, Parkfield Primary School


Case Study: Working Within Communities to Prevent Online Radicalisation

  • Exploring the current evidence on the process of how individuals can become radicalised online
  • Recognising the growing role of social media and the internet in creating networks and links between radicalised individuals
  • Understanding how extremists target vulnerable individual’s online and building resilience to this
  • Involving communities in local strategies to tackle radicalisation: Outlining plans for a ‘Community Challenge’ Panel in Leicester

William Baldet, Prevent Coordinator, St Philip’s Centre for Study and Engagement in a Multi-Faith Society


Case Study: Tackling Extremism Through Holistic Support of Vulnerable Individuals

  • Outlining the aims and success of the ‘Pathwayz’ project
  • Appreciating how extremists often target people who may be more susceptible at that point in their lives due to mental health problems and/or addiction and providing tailored support to tackle both the addiction and the extremist ideology
  • Building strong links across the community and with the local authority
  • Recognising the role community based services that support individuals vulnerable to substance misuse and alcohol addiction problems can play in tackling radicalisation

Mohammed Ashfaq, Service Manager, KIKIT Pathways to Recovery


Afternoon Keynote: The Role of Local Authorities in Encouraging Cohesion and Reducing Radicalisation

  • Encouraging young people’s civic engagement through initiatives including the trailblazers project
  • Upskilling staff through WRAP and Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) training

Waqar Ahmed MBE, Prevent Manager, Birmingham City Council 


Case Study: Recognising the Importance of the Voluntary Sector in Tackling Radicalisation

  • Exploring potential behavioral changes that could indicate a person is in the process of being radicalised
  • Recognising how crucial working with families is to tackle radicalisation
  • Providing support and advice to vulnerable individuals and their families
  • Understanding the importance of creating a trusting independent space that provides confidential support

Saleha Jaffer, Founder, Families Against Stress and Trauma


Case Study: Building Strong Community Links to Prevent Radicalisation

  • Undertaking an innovative scheme to train all 1000 licensed taxi drivers in the area on a wide range of safeguarding issues given their unique position within the community
  • Working in partnership with local residents and communities to create networks and undertake outreach from a grassroots level upwards
  • Understanding the crucial importance of partnership working between the local authority, third sector, police and communities
  • Integrating prevent within the wider work of the council and training all staff to equip them with the skills needed to feel confident discharging the prevent duty

Sadia Hussain, PREVENT Coordinator, Calderdale Council and Sail Suleman, Cohesion and Equality Officer, Calderdale Council 


Case Study: Sharing Success in Promoting Community Integration

  • Providing the opportunity for young people to undertake honest and open dialogue confronting and dismantling prejudices and racism
  • Recognising the crucial role of the voluntary sector in improving community cohesion and tackling extremism
  • Breaking down barriers between different community groups and challenging ‘us’ and ‘them’ narratives

Dave Allport, Director, Rewind

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