Thurrock teachers attend “anti-radicalisation” conference

OVER 30 schools attended a Thurrock Council Prevent conference at High House Production Park last Monday (17 October) to learn about preventing radicalisation in Thurrock.The Prevent strategy the government document giving guidance of the increased threat, spotting the signs and the importance of education and prevention regarding radicalised behaviour, has recently been updated.The strategy aims to stop people in the UK supporting terrorism and explains that young people are more susceptible to being radicalised than many other groups.Portfolio holder for Education and Health, Cllr James Halden said: “It is disappointing we have to take these issues so seriously when we are talking about children and young people’s safety but this is the world we live in.”We absolutely must give our youngest residents the information and education to recognise radicalised behaviour and know what to do if they find themselves in a dangerous situation.”By holding conferences, with the experts we saw last week we can empower our teachers, officers and partners to spot signs that a child might be vulnerable and preparing them to challenge extremism and the ideology of terrorism.”I’m delighted our schools feel the same way and have taken time out their busy working week to come along. For more information about Prevent visit: thurrock.gov.uk/prevention-of-terrorism

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