Suffolk takes the responsibility to safeguard people from radicalisation and extremism very seriously. Our aims are to intervene early, to protect, support and divert people away from being drawn into terrorist activity.
During a targeted week of action taking place from the 18 of September, the Community Safety Team at Suffolk County Council, alongside a range of partners within Suffolk, will be raising awareness via a number of different events including:
- A social media campaign.
- A launch of an online safety resource for parents to spot the signs of radicalisation in young people: ‘Keeping Safe Online, A Guide for Parents and Carers’.
- Outreach activity within colleges and universities to coincide with Freshers/Welcome weeks, some of which will be taking place prior to the week of action, week commencing the 11th of September.
To support the week of action please follow the hashtag #SuffolkLooksCloser.
If you are a front-line officer, you can also attend free training by accessing Suffolk CPD and booking on ‘WRAP training’ to learn more about Prevent, types of terrorism and how to recognise and report the signs of radicalisation. Access via this page: Prevent — Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership
You can also complete e-learning via the Home Office. Prevent duty training
In these training courses, you will learn about:
- The Prevent duty.
- Different forms of extremism and terrorism.
- The risk around radicalisation and your supportive role.
- Making a Prevent referral that is both informed and made with good intention.
- The interventions and support available.
There is also education specific training being held by DfE on Tuesday 19 September 2023 4pm – 5.30pm. To book on visit: Online Event Page | Eventbrite
Parents and family members are best placed to notice any small changes taking place in their young people. Look closer to spot the signs of radicalisation in a family member, friend, or colleague and trust your instincts. If you are a parent or are worried about a young person you can find out more information by visiting: Act Early – Netmums