Using discussion to help prevent radicalisation in young people

Using discussion to help prevent radicalisation in young people

Posted on Jul 23, 2016
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Using discussion to help prevent radicalisation in young people

This month has seen the third major terrorist attack in France in the last 18 months, as over 80 people were killed in the south-coast city of Nice.

The attack has been confirmed to have been carried out by Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, who was a ‘depressed and unstable’ resident of the city.

 

Young people = vulnerable people?

In the aftermath of the attacks, the BBC have reported that within ‘a mile or two from the Nice coastline’ are ‘bleak housing estates where disaffected youths are vulnerable to radical Islam’. In the last few years alone, 55 people are estimated to have left this area for Syria.

“Imene Ouissi, a 22-year-old student who volunteers for a women’s group in the town of Vallauris, west of Nice, noticed in 2012 that local youths were becoming fascinated by slick recruitment videos produced by Islamic State.”

In the week following the Nice attack, there has been a further attack by a 17-year-old using an axe on passengers on a train in Germany. Reports state that police have found an Islamic State flag in the attacker's room at home.

Unfortunately there is a distressing recurring theme emerging.

 

The Prevent Strategy

Disaffected young people being attracted to extremism is a high-priority problem that has also been identified by the UK government. CONTEST, the UK’s counter-terrorism strategy, is split into four areas, one of which is Prevent – the purpose of which is to stop people becoming terrorists or supporters of terrorism.

Prevent ensures that anyone working with any kind of vulnerable people in the UK (including young people) is under an obligation by law to refer those suspected of displaying radical behaviour, and at flick we offer one of the only Prevent Duty e-learning courses that has been approved by the Home Office.

However, Prevent is not without opposition and there are some who feel that it creates confusion or is inappropriate, whilst Ofsted have said that many institutions are still leaving students at risk of radicalisation and extremism.

Therefore, flick Learning Ltd have developed the UK’s first prevention of radicalisation for students e-learning course, which is designed to be used as a teaching tool in schools for young people from secondary school age onwards.

It’s suggested to be completed as four separate lessons but is also suitable as a standalone course for anyone looking to find out more about extremism and radicalisation.

 

Discussion

Christine Blower, the general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, has stated that “schools’ best contribution to countering any behaviour that could be a problem is by encouraging discussion”.

flick’s prevention of radicalisation for students course has been specifically developed to encourage discussion between students – and also with teachers – with each of the four topics intended to be used as a standalone lesson, featuring multiple discussion points, videos and professional voiceover too.

 

Train your students

So now you can now not only train your staff on the prevention of radicalisation with flick’s Home Office approved e-learning course – any school that buys a flick subscription will also get access to flick’s prevention of radicalisation for students course.

Subscribing with flick also offers access to all flick courses, plus downloadable guides and resources in the flick library. So why not sign up today?

 

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