Prevent is one of the four core elements of the Government’s CONTEST strategy for countering terrorism. The other three elements are Prepare, Pursue and Protect. Prevent is a part of the CONTEST Strategy focusing on early intervention through strategies which reduce the likelihood of individuals supporting extremist ideology. It applies to all forms of extremism including far right extremism. It is also recognised as a 'safeguarding' issue and will be treated in the same way as other safeguarding processes designed to protect vulnerable people from harm or abuse by being drawn into radicalisation or travelling abroad to pursue these ideals.
Prevent agenda presentation
This presentation on Prevent was delivered by the Bradford Prevent Co-ordinator for Bradford, Michael Churley at the Young Lives Bradford forum in February. His contact details are:
Michael Churley, Prevent Co-ordinator
Neighbourhood & Customer Service, Department of Environment & Sport
Free E-learning module provides a general overview of the ‘Channel’ programme, which provides support at an early stage to people identified as being vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism.
New Government website on Prevent
This website provides parents, teachers and school leaders practical advice on protecting children from extremism and radicalisation.
‘Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent’ (WRAP) sessions will be available in the district. Young Lives Bradford will circulate details when available.
Bradford Council training team are currently delivering training for early years practitioners/support staff and assistants/teachers working with early years children and their families and will also be planning further training.
Bradford Council webpage on the prevent agenda has useful links.
The BLAST Project Update: The UK's leading male only sexual exploitation project providing face-to-face support for boys and young men in Leeds and Bradford THINK BOYS – THINK BLAST. When you refer a boy/young man directly to the BLAST Project, this will be shared with the CSE Hub and the BLAST Project will either: Support the boy/young man on a 1-2-1 basis and work in partnership with the Hub and other professionals involved or Provide preventative group work where the boy/young man will access specialist CSE/grooming sessions delivered by the BLAST Project.
This new approach, along with the appointment of a self-financing boys and young men’s worker means our capacity to work with and support boys and young men across Leeds and Bradford has increased. We currently have no waiting list and are able to respond to referrals quickly. We also have a secure email which is highlighted in the ‘make a referral section’ of the BLAST Project website.
It is now time again to plan for this year’s Safeguarding Week which will take place from Monday, 19th October to Friday, 23rd October across various venues across the district. The focus of the week is to provide a range of learning and development opportunities for staff and volunteers working in the sectors of safeguarding children, young people, adults and domestic abuse.
There will be a series of drop-in events, workshops, films, lectures and training opportunities to promote Safeguarding Awareness across the Bradford District. We are looking for a broad range of events and would like to encourage service user involvement. Running an event will be a great opportunity for organisations working with children, young people, adults and families to host events to raise awareness of their own services.
Deadline for applications to run an event isFriday 22nd May.This allows time to prepare the programme and circulate to partners before the school summer term break.
If you would like to get involved and run an event click here: Guidance Notes
Can you offer a venue? We would also like to hear from anyone who could offer a venue to host some of the activities during the week. This could also be an opportunity to promote your own organisation’s services even if you decide not to run an event yourself.
We look forward to hearing from any interested organisations.