FAO: Members of forums, communities and colleagues,
The threat posed by the ‘Right Wing Terrorism’ and its serious impact have been evident within the UK and internationally, be it in the form of ‘Lone Actors’ such as Thomas Mair murdering Jo Cox MP, or Darren Osborne driving his car into worshippers outside the Finsbury Park Mosque. Internationally this threat and its serious consequences were evident in incidents at the Tree Of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Christchurch in New Zealand and El-Paso, Texas.
24 terrorist plots have been successfully disrupted by the security and intelligence agencies in the UK since April 2017. Half of these 8 extreme right-wing plots have been disrupted since January 2019.
In 2017-18, as part of the ‘Prevent Strategy’, 44% of the people supported by the ‘Channel’ Programme (multi-agency approach to safeguard people from being drawn into terrorism or supporting terrorism) nationally were referred for concerns related to right wing extremism. 45% of the people were supported for concerns related to Al-Qaida or Daesh affiliated/ inspired/ related terrorism.
Following successful delivery of training last year to raise awareness of the working and dangers of right wing terrorism, we have invited Small Steps trainers again to deliver sessions to our communities and professionals from statutory organisations and the third sector.
Far-right groups offer simplistic solutions to complex political issues. Training will ensure community leaders and professionals are well-prepared to challenge far-right ideology, identify and support individuals vulnerable to being drawn into far right activities. Full information can be found on the Safeinthecity website.
The training will:
•Explain what far-right extremism is
•Outline the current landscape of the far-right in the UK
•Show how someone gets drawn into far-right extremism
•Highlights the recruitment process the far-right use
•Explain what makes people vulnerable to the far-right
•Show people how to spot signs of radicalisation in individuals
•Explain counter narratives to far right arguments
The dates planned are:
Wed 27/11/2019: 10am – 12pm
Wed 27/11/2019: 2pm – 4pm
Thu 28/11/2019: 10am- 12pm
All the above sessions are at: Conference Room, Housing Centre, Unit 1 Fairway Trading Estate, Eastergate Road, Brighton BN2 4QL
Mon 9/12/2019: 5:30pm - 7:30pm, Council Chamber,Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove. BN3 3BQ.
Tue 10/12/2019: 10am - 12pm, Conference Room, Housing Centre (TBC)
Tue 10/12/2019: 5pm - 7pm, Council Chamber,Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove. BN3 3BQ.
Wed 11/12/2019: 10am – 12pm, Council Chamber,Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove. BN3 3BQ.
Wed 11/12/2019: 5pm - 7pm, Council Chamber,Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove. BN3 3BQ.
You only need to attend one session. Please book your place by emailing: Channel.Prevent@brighton-hove.gov.uk Or by calling (01273) 291115 / 290584
Please disseminate this information to other members in your communities and in your networks. May I also request that if you are able to display the poster in your community groups or centre, please do so.
Counter Narrative Champions (3 x 2 hours sessions from Nov 2019 to Jan 2020)
We are also planning a cluster of three sessions to two different groups of people to further develop skills and confidence to counter the far right narrative and champion this cause in the City. Those of you who have attended Small Steps training in the past and all of you who would be happy to commit to attending three sessions are encouraged to contact us and we will confirm the training dates and arrangements with you.
Please find the Home Office Fact Sheet on Right Wing Terrorism here.