Event: The Positive Side of Prevent: Bringing Communities together: Youth Radicalisation & Alienation

28 Sep 2015, 09:30–16:00
NCVO, 8 All Saints Street, London N1 9RL (10 mins walk from King's Cross Station)

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There is growing concern over the alienation and radicalisation of many young people within our communities in the UK. The Prevent Strategy has been an important element in engaging local authorities, educational institutions and the voluntary sector in confronting this concern.

However much attention has been directed at the “reporting” side of the Prevent Strategy and less on the development of cross-cultural links and the importance of dialogue and conversations. And yet this is probably the most important aspect of the strategy overall.

This workshop will focus on how we work together to develop community conversations across communities to develop a sense of cohesion that can be owned by all. It will look at some case studies of good practice, look at the role of social networking and the new media and provide space for us to discuss our own experiences.

Participants of this workshop will gain:

• An understanding of the Prevent Strategy and its objective of cross cultural conversations.
• The role of the local authority, educational institutions and the voluntary sector
• An understanding the importance of brokerage
• The value of interfaith dialogue
• Deciding what can be done online and through social networking
• The role of digital stories and social reporting
• Timely feedback and next steps

The programme*

The morning session will explore the idea of community conversations as an essential part of the Prevent strategy and look at some case studies of good practice. The afternoon session will look at interfaith work, the importance of working with Educational organisations and the added value that social networking and the New Media can bring to making connections and engaging new audiences of people.

Community Engagement, Targeting & Conversations

09:30 Coffee and Registration

10:00 Introduction to day and overview (Francis Sealey, GlobalNet21)

10:30 Google Interview of Fiyaz Mughal from Faith Matters (This will be a google hangout interview.

10:40 “Countering Extremism through dialogue.” (Henry Tuck, Institute of Strategic Dialogue)

11:00 Questions and discussion

11:15 Break Out into Working Groups

11:50 Feedback From Groups

12:15 Lunch

12:50 Overview of Afternoon (Francis Sealey)

13:00 Case Study 1Working With Schools – Walthamstow Case Study. (Sean Thompson)

13:20 Case Study 2 – Interfaith Dialogue (Ashley Beck, Interfaith Network)

13:40 Case Study 3 – Community Dialogue (Lisa Cumming, University of Bradford)

14:00 Questions To Presenters of Case Studies

14:20 Refreshments

14:35 Introduction to Working Session (Francis Sealey)

14:45 Developing Community Conversations (Google Interview – Viv Grant of Integrity Coaching)

14:55 Using Social Media (Francis Sealey)

15:05 Working Groups

15:35 Feedback

15:50 Feedback on The Day

16:00 Close

* This programme was correct at the time of publication but may be altered to reflect speaker changes that are beyond our control.

Who should attend?

This workshop provides a meeting point for leading stakeholder and community engagement leaders and professionals, sharing knowledge, tools and strategies to achieve success in creating mutually beneficial outcomes for both themselves, their stakeholders and the communities in which they operate. It will be of value to those working in local authorities, colleges and the voluntary sector and who are engaged in building bridges across communities.


Workshop facilitators:

Francis Sealey, GlobalNet21, a former producer at the BBC for The Open University, Francis has extensive experience of engaging with local communities and the use of social media.

Fiyaz Mughal OBE is director of Faith Matters, an interfaith and anti-extremist organisation which runs the TELL MAMA anti-Muslim violence helpline. Fiyaz was appointed on the Working Group for Communities that was linked to the Extremism Task Force developed in 2005 after the 7/7 bombings. In early 2008, Fiyaz was successful in becoming an elected member IDeA Peer Mentor for national work with local authorities on the Preventing Violent Extremism agenda. Fiyaz was honoured in June 2009 by Her Majesty the Queen and was bestowed with the Honour of the Order of the British Empire.

Viv Grant has been in the teaching profession for over 25 years. Seventeen years ago, she was one of the youngest head teachers in the country to turn around a failing school. Viv has been a consultant for the Department for Education, a lead tutor on Leadership development programmes at the London Centre for Leadership in Learning at the Institute of Education, University of London, the National College and the NUT. Viv’s interests have been on diversity, leadership and engagement and has been very much involved in connecte3d community conversations.

Sean Thomson is the Citizenship and Cohesion Advisor for Waltham Forest, and brings to the role a wealth of teaching experience at a number of different levels across the education sector. Sean’s own mixed background and inner-city education have also offered him first-hand insight into the complex issues that young people have to tackle when finding their place in modern UK society, and the impact that alienation and isolation can have on the communities that they belong to. By planning and delivering formal lessons and selective workshops, and organising various guest speakers to visit schools across Waltham Forest, Sean has sought to engage and educate as many members of the community as possible and provide them with the safe space to discuss and develop their views.

Lisa Cumming is Community Associate for Programme for a Peaceful City (PPC), Peace Studies and the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Bradford.  The PPC is a hub of UK based peace thinking and practice, with a particular focus on Bradford District. The PPC is currently connecting with people on a range of themes including:  listening conversations (dialogue), conflict, community relations, violence/nonviolence, participatory peace-making, human rights, power and change. Lisa is a practitioner with experience that includes dialogue facilitation, community mediation and restorative justice.

Henry Tuck is from the Institute For Strategic Dialogue and currently helps to coordinate the Institute’s work on countering online extremism in Europe and North America. He has co-authored reports on several topics, from the need for Exit programmes for far-right extremists in the UK to the training of Islamic faith leaders across Europe, and has also written on the foreign fighter phenomenon for the Swiss daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Henry holds an MA in International Conflict Studies from King’s College London and a BA from Durham University in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.