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 to face and real time conversations merge at a practical level.


Some amazing speakers and experts.

* Debbie Westwood: Headteacher at Christ Church Primary School. Rated “Outstanding”
* Figen Murray, Counsellor, who lost her son at the Manchester Arena terror attack
* Sheila Birdi, Director of Safeguarding and Attendance at Washwood Heath Multi Academy Trust, Birmingham
* Nicola Benyahia, Counsellor, Founder – Families for Life, supporting people dealing with radicalised family members. Her son died fighting for the Islamic State.
* Zubeda Limbada -Director of ConnectFutures -delivering training and research around extremism & radicalisation
*Sam Fisher, Director at Wonder Why Society, offering a free, fully moderated, collaborative online learning community for school children.
* Dr Raquel da Silva: British Academy Research Fellow at the International Development Department, University of Birmingham


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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.