Workshop aims to prevent children being radicalised

By | 22nd August 2016

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A security minister witnessed first hand how work is being done to prevent young people being radicalised in Luton.

John Hayes MP visited Luton for the first time to witness how the Prevent programme is identifying young people who may perhaps be at risk of extremism.

The minister met a range of professionals who spoke about successful work being carried out by the council and its multi-agency partners to identify, protect and support vulnerable people who may be at risk of being targeted.

It also holds various educational workshops with schools, and Mr Hayes got to sit in on a session with pupils from Ashcroft and Cardinal Newman High Schools.

The session, delivered by Imam Irfan Chishti MBE and Dave Allport from Me and You Education, covered a number of topics ranging from internet safety and personal identity, to the importance of respecting and understanding different cultures.

But with news earlier this month that 21-year-old Luton man Mubashir Jamal was charged with terrorism offences after attempting to travel to Syria, it is clear that there is still work to be done.

Mr Hayes told Luton on Sunday: “We face an unprecedented kind of threat, and we’re conscious of the work we need to do.

“The absolute certain thing is though that there is a strong spirit in Luton not just to recognise it but do something about it. And Prevent is about safeguarding young people from that threat.”