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NEW FILM Woolwich Boys: From Gangs to Extremism, October 2017
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NEW FILM Woolwich Boys: From Gangs to Extremism, October 2017

      “It was 16 boys that went there and every single one of them died.” Listen to the story of the Woolwich boys – a largely Somali led south London street gang involved in county lines drug distribution.  In 2015, police monitoring criminal gang activity first became aware of a possible radicalisation crossover […]

Laura Zahra McDonald, BBC 1, Victoria Derbyshire show. 13th Jan 2016
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Laura Zahra McDonald, BBC 1, Victoria Derbyshire show. 13th Jan 2016

Listen to Laura Zahra McDonald talk about former extremists and the preventative roles. What does de-radicalisation mean versus disengagement? What happens when a former extremist does not give up belief in ideology especially through violent means. 850 UK citizens have gone to Syria as of 2016 so what role can the government play? What role […]

PRESS RELEASE – Has Prevent failed? A response from ConnectFutures
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PRESS RELEASE – Has Prevent failed? A response from ConnectFutures

26th May 2017:  In the aftermath of the horrific Manchester attack, commentators are asking if Prevent has failed. Our view at ConnectFutures is pragmatic – the efficacy of proactive preventative approaches that safeguard vulnerable individuals at risk of radicalisation must be preferable to reactive measures. As a training organisation that works in schools with teachers […]

9/11: The Al Qaeda attacks on New York’s Twin Towers and the Pentagon in Washington on 11th September 2001, which triggered President George W Bush’s ‘War on Terror’ and the  wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

7/7: The co-ordinated bomb attacks on London by four young British men in the name of Al Qaeda, on 7th July 2005, which killed 52 people.

Al Qaeda: Terrorist group founded in 1988 by Osama Bin Laden, which committed the 9/11 attacks.

Islamic State (Daesh/IS/ISIS/ISIL): Terrorist group formed after the fall of Saddam Hussain in Iraq and the civil war in Syria. It is the most prominent recruiter of Westerners to its mission to establish its own state.

CONTEST & the ‘4 Ps’: The British Government’s Counter Terrorism strategy initiated in 2006, revised in 2011, consisting of 4 strands: Prepare, Protect, Prevent and Pursue.

Prevent: Aiming to stop (prevent) individuals from supporting terrorism or becoming terrorists.