Around 90 people have attended a conference in Plymouth on the prevention of extremism with national and regional speakers.
The event, organised by Plymouth City Council on behalf of the Plymouth Prevent Partnership which is made up of the Council, Devon and Cornwall Police, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue, Probation, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Plymouth University, City College Plymouth, Plymouth Community Homes, and the University of St Mark and St John, as well as a range of community and voluntary sector groups.
The conference showcases the work being done in Plymouth on the Prevent strategy which aims to prevent extremism that can lead to terrorism. The Prevent Partnership works on a variety of activities including training, awareness raising and good practice for internet use. A number of organisations locally including the Council, have adopted their own Prevent policies.
Kalsoom Bashir, Co-director of Inspire, and Detective Chief Inspector Alastair Stenner, South West Regional Prevent Coordinator, will address the conference and delegates will also have the opportunity to discuss issues in workshops. The conference is being chaired by Pete Aley, Head of Neighbourhood and Community Services at Plymouth City Council.
Councillor Dave Downie, Cabinet Member for Safer and Stronger Communities for Plymouth City Council, said: “Plymouth City Council is committed to working with our partners to support the national Prevent strategy as part of our work to keep children, young people and adults safe from harm.
“The Council is pleased to host this event, which will both enable us to learn from the national picture as well as showcase what is happening here in Plymouth to tackle extremism which can become a safeguarding issue.”
Pete Aley from Plymouth City Council, said: “Prevent addresses the threat posed by extremism that can lead to terrorism, and often involves the exploitation of vulnerable people.
“We take a lead role in the Plymouth Prevent Group and also the ‘Channel’ Panel, which helps identify and provide support to individuals who are at risk of being drawn into terrorism. The approach we take is all about safeguarding vulnerable people.”