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Preventing radicalisation of front line workers

Places are still available on a unique free course exploring aspects of terrorism and ways of protecting those vulnerable to radicalisation.

The part-time course funded by the Home Office is aimed at helping professionals working on the front line in a wide range of sectors – community and social work, education and law enforcement for example – to better understand the influences behind radicalisation, spot underlying trends, and help and support those most at risk from it, particularly young adults.

University of Derby Corporate, the University’s business-to-business arm; Derby City Council, Health in Derbyshire, Derbyshire Constabulary and the Multi-Faith Centre (based at the University’s Kedleston Road site in Derby) have designed and will deliver the free course.

The part-time, ten month course – beginning Thursday 24 September – will be taught through an initial induction afternoon followed by a one day masterclass each month, from October to February.

An assessment will then lead to the qualification, Certificate in Continuing Professional Development: Preventing Terrorism; Understanding Radicalisation, Vulnerability and Improving Practice.

Teaching will take place at the Multi-Faith Centre; UDC headquarters at the Enterprise Centre, Bridge Street, Derby; and at Kingsway Hospital in Derby.

Dr Phil Henry, Director of the Multi-Faith Centre, is the course leader. University tutors for the course will include Kevin Bampton, Head of the School of Law and Criminology; Senior Lecturer in Sociology Dr Frank Faulkner, and Senior Lecturer in Regeneration and Community Development, John Bowie.

The course is designed to be a practical one, dealing with likely work situations and discussing how these should be handled, with a view to promoting better joint working between different agencies on issues.

Dawn Robinson, Head of Service for the Prevent programme at Derby City Council, said: “This course will deal with a very difficult subject in a sensitive but practical way. We believe there’s nothing like this being offered to working professionals in the UK.

“By the end of their study we want those participating to have developed confidence in debating the many facets of radicalisation and be able to look at how communities and agencies can be successfully engaged to work together to identify, assess, refer and support those vulnerable to radicalisation.”

For more information and to complete an online course application go to website www.derby.ac.uk/radicalisation.

The course is free. Those taking part will need to pay for any personal expenses (lunch, car parking, etc) incurred while visiting course sites. Attendees are advised to secure the support of their organisation before taking up the course.