PREVENT - An Alternative Far-Right Focus
Part of the Government's Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 contains a duty on specified authorities to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.
The most significant threats are currently those associated with organisations such as IS in Syria and Iraq, and Al Qaida associated groups. However, extremism associated with the far right also poses a continued threat and it is important to look for potential signs of extremism, particularly in the current climate regarding Brexit. As the recent complaints over Jon Snow's comments on a pro-Brexit rally (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-47774564) show, tensions are high and we must be aware of the Far Right groups in existence, particularly on social media sites.
Cleverly, memes and other posts are unwittingly shared by people without recognising that there is a credit at the bottom of the photos which links to an extremist group. On the face of it, light-hearted posts echoing the views of many Britons harbour a much darker, menacing message that many fail to see. Thus, the name of the group is spread further and a Far Right group may gain a few more followers.
As this Guardian article explains, the Far Right terrorists are seen to be one step ahead of police and it is important we remain vigilant as we welcome new learners into our classrooms to ensure that we can help anyone that may be subjected to extreme ideological views.
As an organisation who come into daily contact with vulnerable people, the HAFLS team have all undergone Prevent training to help recognise the signs of extremism. If you come across any information or a situation that concerns you please report it to firstname.lastname@example.org