Tackling Radicalisation and Extremism in Schools Conference
“The roles of schools and colleges in this fight cannot be underestimated. These institutions and the teachers and lecturers that work in them play a vital part in protecting young people from the risks of extremism and radicalisation.” – Lord Nash, Under Secretary of State for the School System
Two years after the Prevent duty was introduced, many teachers have raised concerns that the scheme risks stigmatising Muslim pupils and may be having a negative effect on counter-terrorism efforts.
In light of these concerns, and in the wake of the Westminster terror attack in March 2017, the Government confirmed it would review its approach to counter-terrorism and address some of the criticisms of the Prevent programme.
What would a shake-up of Government guidelines mean for schools, colleges and universities, which have become a key focal point in the battle against radicalisation?
Join us for the Tackling Radicalisation and Extremism in Schools Conference where expert speakers will explain how schools and colleges can continue to lead the fight against radicalisation.
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Topics covered on the day will include:
- What are the early warning signs of extremism among young people?
- How can teachers and staff protect young people from extremist material and the threat of radicalisation?
- Why did existing strategies fail to prevent recent attacks in London and Manchester?
- How can we do more to engage with individuals who have already been radicalised?
- How do UK and EU counter-terrorism strategies compare and what can the two sides learn from each other?
- To what extend has the Prevent programme been proven to tackle far right extremism?
- How can the education sector work more closely with the police to prevent the spread of extremism?
- How can we prevent young people from being radicalised online and via social media?
- To what extent to local factors increase the risk of radicalisation among vulnerable young people?
- Network with delegates from across the education and voluntary sectors and discuss different approaches to the challenges posed by radicalisation.
- Gain unique insights into how teachers and staff can spot the early signs of extremism in all its forms.
- Have your specific questions answered during a panel discussion.
- Understand your organisation’s obligations under existing legislation and anticipate any future changes.
- Understand the role that new technology can play in the radicalisation process and discover how to protect young people from extremist material online.
Registration and Refreshments
Opening Remarks from Chair
Hanif Qadir is the CEO of the Active Change Foundation, an organisation he co-founded in 2003, and is recognised as one of the worlds leading specialist in positively transforming violent extremists.
He is actively involved in advising and assisting senior policy makers in reforming key aspects of the Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) agenda. He works closely with a wide range of governmental institutions, most of the UK s Police Authorities including the Metropolitan Police and research academics across the globe, with a view to applying a more sensitive and sensible approach in counter-terrorism strategies.
Hanif Qadir, Chief Executive, Active Change Foundation
The role of de-radicalisation programmes in preventing terrorist attacks
Emma Webb, Research Fellow at the Centre for the Response to Radicalisation and Terrorism, the Henry Jackson Society
The For Our Children Project: An Examination of Prevent in the Curriculum
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Tony Hunter, Area Manager,Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
The importance of community and youth engagement via PREVENT
Professor Jane Reeves, Centre for Child Protection - Professor of Teaching, Learning and Innovation in Child Protection; Director of Studies Advanced Masters in Child Protection, University of Kent
Can we prevent young people being groomed for radicalisation?
Simulation on radicalisation: Maryam and Joe; Behind Closed Doors
Professor Matthew Goodwin, Professor of Politics and International Relations, Director of Graduate Studies (Research), University of Kent
Mapping the far right threat via PREVENT
Lunch and Networking
Dean Coady O.B.E, former Parachute Regiment Soldier and Detective; retired Greater Manchester Police Prevent Engagement Officer; liaison between the communities in Moss Side and the Greater Manchester Counter Terrorism Unit
Sharmistha Chaudhuri, PhD Researcher, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Social Science, Kingston University London
How secondary school teachers in the UK conceptualise radicalisation
PANEL DISCUSSION AND AUDIENCE Q&A
Closing Remarks from Chair
Hanif Qadir, Chief Executive, Active Change Foundation
Close of Conference
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- Preventing religious radicalisation and violent extremism in young people
- How does extremist content on the internet impact on radicalisation?
- Ensuring “learners are suitably protected from the risks associated with radicalisation and extremism
- Preventing the radicalisation of young people through engagement and understanding
- Minimising the risks of extremism and radicalisation in further education and higher education
- Identifying radicalisation early and ensuring the protection of vulnerable people
- Protecting vulnerable people and the early identification of radicalisation
- Ensuring staff have knowledge of risk indicators through training and development