Dealing with death and personal loss Author 1: Shamila , Birmingham City University I had to deal with the loss of my father 2 weeks before my GCSES and then dealing with it throughout my A levels. Often I found myself talking about him as though he was alive to avoid the “I’m sorry” and […]
Author: Carys Evans From labels such as ‘jihadi brides’ to ‘Babes of the BNP’ Carys Evans asks why is it so difficult for us to accept the agency of women who seemingly reject our mainstream in favour of extreme ideals or violent behaviour? In 2009 Vice magazine published a piece on ‘The Babes of […]
Practitioner insight: How can teachers and schools determine what an effective Prevent Channel referral looks like?
Guest author: Imtiaz Kala As a safeguard specialist with over 20 years’ experience who has been the single point of contact on radicalisation within a northern local authority, schools and the voluntary sector, the question of Channel referrals remains vitally important. Common misconceptions are often around how educational settings have interpreted the 2015 Prevent […]
Repatriate or throw away the key? What should the State do with British nationals in Syria? A former CT police officer’s perspective
Guest author: Richard Horton. A former CT police officer’s perspective. “I’m not the same silly little schoolgirl who ran away four years ago.” Shamima Begum The discovery of Shamima Begum in a refugee camp in Syria has, for now at least, diverted headlines from Brexit and onto the difficult debate about what the UK and […]
2019 has already started off with many global far right headlines. It can be predicted that the year will see a further increase in far right extremism and hate speech.
In trying to build resilience to extremism and hatred, what sort of testimony has the most impact on young people? ConnectFutures, for example, has a 10 minute video of four former extremists (Islamist and far right, one woman, three men) that we use to start conversations in our training sessions about why people join […]
How can we ensure young people are not attracted to extremist far right and Islamist messaging, and how can we equally deny the oxygen of publicity provided to people like Anjem Choudary and Tommy Robinson?
Invitation: Nov ’18 Conference: Talking Terrorism with Young People. University of Birmingham. Free.
Free Conference: University of Birmingham, ESRC and ConnectFutures Date & time 07.11.2018, 9:30am -2:30pm. (Free Lunch provided.) News of a terrorist attack is always frightening, but for parents, teachers and those who work with children, there is the added issue of how to discuss these attacks with young people. How can the online, face […]
Penelope Gibbs | Director, Transform Justice “Oliver wondered what picking the old gentleman’s pocket in play, had to do with his chances of being a great man. But thinking that [Fagin], being so much his senior, must know best, he followed him quietly to the table; and was soon deeply involved in his new study” […]
Counterterrorism and the death penalty | Why human rights must be non-negotiable in the fight against terrorism
Author | Dr Jennifer Philippa Eggert A leaked letter by Home Secretary Sajid Javid, in which he says the UK will demand “no assurances” that two suspected IS members will not be executed in the US, has caused a debate about the death penalty and the UK’s counterterrorism approach. In this blog post, Dr Jennifer […]