Conference aims to stop radicalisation

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SCHOOLS, colleges and councils will join forces with the police to shield young people from the threat of radicalisation.

A conference is being held next week for senior representatives of all 14 local authorites, four universities, further education colleges, school leaders, and safeguarding boards in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Acting Inspector David Knowles, who leads the Prevent team in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, co-ordinated the conference.

He said: ‘The theme is very much about partnership working, making our communities safer places to live, work and study. A key aspect to the day is launching a new resource created by students from Highbury 
College.

‘Given that those most susceptible to being drawn into extremism are young people, it is crucial that some of the solution comes from young people themselves.

‘So we have been working with students from the college to develop two films to be used to provoke discussion in schools, colleges and anywhere where young people gather.

‘The aim is to prevent extremism of all kinds.’

The conference will be held in Netley on Tuesday.