Training and research for the prevention of extremism and exploitation.

Extremism and exploitation are on the rise in the UK and abroad. Our courses can help prevent these at grassroots level by empowering people.


When people feel isolated and marginalised, they can resort to extreme behaviour patterns as a way of regaining control of themselves and their surroundings. Our research has shown that these patterns can be broken if spotted early. That’s why we’ve dedicated our lives to help leaders and educators identify these before they become a threat.

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Film| Dear Terrorist, I Forgive You with Figan Murray

Dear Terrorist, I Forgive You| Figan Murray

“I have forgiven him.”

Figen Murray is the mother of Martyn Hett, 29, a PR worker who was killed in the Manchester Arena bomb attacks in May 2017. 22 people were killed and 120 injured at the when Salman Abedi, 22, carried out a suicide bomb attack at the Ariane Grande concert.

We ask her what she would say to Salman Abedi if he was alive, why she rejects being labelled a victim, being trolled on the internet after she publicly forgave the attacker and her response to those who questioned why she was not grieving enough.

Figen hopes that by coming together and sharing solutions we have less to fear when tackling extremism. She wants to remember her son as an “ambassador for positivity.”

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Sign up! 2hr Teacher Workshop: 'School E-safety & Prevent', Coventry, 15.02.18
2hr Workshop at Bablake School covering:

  • School E-safety
  • Wellbeing
  • Prevent & Extremism

Feb 15th 2018 Sign up here

Current Most Popular Course| 1.5 hour Student Workshop| Prevention Against Violence for Students (PAVS)| KS3, KS4, KS5|
The course covers exploitation, violence and extremism and encourages discussions around risks and vulnerabilities and focuses on practical action, using real cases. The trainer talks about how young people are recruited, and what they can do to stay safe. All young people will leave the sessions understanding the exploitative recruitment processes used by gangs/violent extremists and the catastrophic dangers involved with joining groups alongside the serious consequences. Most importantly, though, they will walk away with real tools to avoid recruitment and exploitation.

The trainer will engage in interaction and discussions with students (age appropriate) around risks and and vulnerabilities and they focus on practical action.

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Professor Lynn Davies' writes 'Review of educational initiatives in counter-extremism internationally: what works?' for University of Gothenburg
Partnering International Peace & Development Training Centre, PeaceTraining EU & PATRIR: Executive Leadership Programmes for Peace Work
Laura Zahra McDonald at King's College London
King’s College London, hosted by King’s Think Tank:

Laura Zahra McDonald discussing ‘Building Trust Offline to Tackle Online Radicalisation’

Carys Evans at RAN Centre of Excellence, Brussels
RAN Centre of Excellence, Brussels:

Carys Evans‘ workshop on ‘Interactive Training Methods’ at ‘Trainings on countering and Preventing Radicalisation for Practitioners’

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“At ConnectFutures we implement real-life, practical solutions, empowering practitioners and developing grassroots-led solutions to inspire those who feel powerless.”

Zubeda Limbada, Co-Founder

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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.