Extreme Dialogue is an educational video platform that tackles contemporary issues surrounding hate speech and extremism. The charity was created after leaders within in educational sector expressed the lack of tools that aid the understanding of extremism in schools, leading to raised issues around hate or extremism becoming a difficult situation to hold constructive conversations. Extreme dialogue is has two aims targeted at teachers and pupils. For teachers the charity aims to equip practitioners with confidence and a means of answering difficult questions surrounding extremism and hate speech through a series of structured educational resources. These resources help the charity to achieve their second aim of providing young people with relevant tools that they can use to challenge extremism in all its forms. The educational content designed by extreme dialogue is a structured framework that reflects the dynamicity of different groups, objectives and sensitivities. The resources includes a series of compelling films that reflect the true stories of those affected by extremism, which are accompanied by educational resources. Combined the aim of the resources is to help teachers confidently explain how violence, exclusion and hate changes lives differently for the individual, their family and their peers. The sessions encourage young people to freely discuss ‘what they would do’ if they were presented with similar circumstances, and promotes critical thinking about their choices and consequences. Extreme Dialogue presents these resources through a number of sessions: train-the-trainer workshops for teachers and schools, train-the-trainer workshops for students and sessions deliveries to students by external advocates. The methods and aims presented by Extreme Dialogue reflects a larger aim that encourages the educational sector to become a confidence space for pupils to discuss CVE and radicalisation, to increase awareness and prevent its dissemination on a national scale.
Hope not Hate
Hope not hate is a campaign developed in 2004 on the backhand of the politics of hate emerging in contemporary UK politics. Due to the emergence of political parties such as the British National Party (BNP) gaining favour in Parliament, traditional anti-racism and anti-fascism values were gradually disintegrating. In the wake of this cultural shift, the charity aims to disseminate a positive antidote using interpretivist methods to provide new methods of tackling the rise of racism and fascism ideologies in the UK. The charity reinforces these values through targeting grass root communities, speaking to local individuals and addressing the negative values of far right political parties. In relation to CVE and radicalisation the charity believes that far right political parties spark a cultural divide which can cause individuals from ethnic minorities to feel marginalised and distrusting of UK politics. The website discusses the charities achievement in contributing towards the unraveling of the BNP through their methods. They did this through relaying the conclusions of their research into the illegal activities of extremist groups which revealed their similarities to extremist candidates in UK politics such as the English Defence League. They also offered support to initiatives ran by Muslim organisations and started campaigning against Islamic extremism. An example of their efforts was following the Lee Rigby murder, they created a ‘We Are The Many’ letter which spoke out about the EDL using the murder to spark anti-Muslim hatred in the UK. Since their production Hope Not Hate has become a pioneering charity that is intertwined into UK politics to create a positive culture that promotes equal and respectful values.
Families Against Stress and Trauma (FAST)
FAST was established in 2007 and is a UK based organisation that provides support to vulnerable families and individuals affected by CVE and radicalisation. The families and individuals in focus are those that have had children that have travelled to conflict zones to fight with extremist groups. They also help individuals that know someone who is about to plot or commit acts of terror in the UK. From these descriptions FAST maintains the view that the families and friends of extremist members are victims, and strive to remove the negative stigma that society applies to these individuals leaving them to feel marginalised by society. In working with these victims FAST works with external agencies including scholars, advisors, law enforcement agencies and local council departments. Using this multi-agency approach the charity can give victims the most effective support for individuals that are the by products of extremism. The support is given in group and one-to-one sessions, allowing victims to discuss their feelings and experiences with other in a similar situation which promotes social cohesion within the groups to reduce isolation. Alongside classes FAST coordinates a number of activities to re-integrate the victims into society, including learning Arabic, sewing, keep fit classes and religious studies. The website also includes information on how parents and carers can prevent young people joining extremist groups online, recognising the new threats that the internet has facilitated. The charity particularly focuses on the Daesh militant group, commenting that the organisation has permeated onto multiple social media platforms. Through the victim support and information for safeguarding children FAST works to recognise families and friends of extremist members as victims, and provides information that prevents the dissemination of these extremist ideologies in the technological era.
Counter-Extremism Narratives and Conversations (CENC)
CENC is a branch of the London Grid for Learning, which represents a community of schools and law enforcement that are committed to using technology to enhance teaching and learning. The charities objectives are: · Provide low-cost resources for schools · Safeguard children at risk · Tackle inequalities in contemporary society · Create positive and energetic teaching and learning community · Enhance the wellbeing of students The CENC project has an additional aim overlapping its foundations, which is to make extremism a recognisably important topic that teachers are responsible for helping prevent people from being drawn into extremist organisations, as explained in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act (2015). To achieve these goals the website includes a number of video resources that cover clear, self-explanatory information to be used by teachers, leadership teams and non-teaching staff alike. The videos are created by experts in the field and cover respect, tolerance, community cohesion and shared values which promote social inclusion and cultural harmony. Experts narrating the videos include Professors within Politics and women’s rights campaigners that can provide insights into the narratives of ISIS and far-right organisations. CENC argues that these videos will help to guide higher-level strategy formation, provoke discussion in the classroom, encourage student reflection and improve authority members confidence in safeguarding children from CVE and radicalisation. As a video platform, CENC aids students in understanding the narrative of extremist organisations, and equips schools with the tools that will spark discussions on sensitive subjects present in the UK that in turn will help to break down prejudice and build cultural bridges in wider society.
Kidscape is an organisation that aims to provide children, families, carers and professionals with advice, training and practical tools to prevent bullying and safeguard young people. In 2017 the organisations project Extremism and Radicalisation Awareness (EARA) training programme was funded by the Department for Education. The programme aims to safeguard young people against extremism and radicalisation. The programme works with both staff and pupils in secondary school within London using a three stage model. This model includes the following aims: • To train staff in how to spot the signs of extremism and radicalisation amongst students. • To equip students with little or no support the relevant tools to aid knowledge of when they are being targeted by extremist groups. • To provide staff with additional support in discussing radicalisation within the classroom.
Women Against Radicalisation Network (WARN)
Empowers women to speak, learn and act collaboratively against radicalisation threats in the UK. Through this objective is the long-term inspiration to educate future generations, inspire agents of change and protect vulnerable people against radicalisation. To achieve these goals WARN has two cooperative methods: • Provides a platform which allows women from all backgrounds to come together to discuss ways to fight extremism disseminating into communities. • Presents workshops which improve understandings of the indicators that lead to radicalisation, including misogyny and online grooming. They allow women to freely discuss and express their opinions in a safe and friendly environment. Overall WARN relays the evidence from the Qur'an that puts emphasis on the equality and empowerment of women, which is challenging traditional cultural and religious interpretations of women's rights in Islam.
ACT Building Resilience Project
ACT is a Home Office Prevention funded organisation that develops innovative teaching strategies with the educational sector to build children's criticality and resilience to extremism and being drawn into terrorism. The project draws on the principles set out in guidance from the Expert Subject Advisory Group for Citizenship and ACT: The Prevent Duty and Controversial Issues: creating a curriculum response through Citizenship. The knowledge the project aims to develop is as follows: • Critical thinking surrounding controversial and sensitive issues. • Recognising and challenging extremism ideologies. • Building individual and group resilience to radicalisation. • Developing understandings of the values of democratic citizenship. ACT promoted the collaboration of a number of schools to participate with the project, which developed: • Opportunities for teachers to teach using different methods about citizenship which supported aspects of the UK Prevent strategy. • Formulated case studies that reflected effective practice and how teachers can provide practical teaching and learning strategies/approaches. • Developed learning resources including lesson plans, schemes of work, teaching resources and approaches to assessing pupils' progress and the impact on learning. • Provided evidence of the impact these pedagogies had on pupils and schools both long and short term.
Race Equality Foundations
REF coordinates a project labelled Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities. The SFSC project delivers a serious of programmes to improve the cohesion of families and communities in Waltham Forest, London. The programmes will provide courses to families and children in areas affected by radicalisation, extremism or at risk of violence. The aim of the courses is to support parents in the safeguarding of children. The content of the courses includes: • Enhancing parenting skills and knowledge in identifying risks that are presented to children. • Developing parent's confidence surrounding radicalisation and extremism. • Improving the cohesion between families. • Supporting better communications between parents and children. • Raising awareness of the support available.
The Salam Project
The project conducts a multi-agency approach involving organisations, law enforcement agencies, charities, foundations, schools, academia, organisations and social enterprises. The project aims to challenge stereotypes and ignoring in communities regarding to hate crime and radicalisation. As a community initiative, it delivers workshops, seminars, poetry events, motivational talks, film showcases and conferences to promoted FRED (Freedom Respect Equality and Dignity). In tackling radicalisation and extremism the project works closely with Social Media companies to improve the grass-root anti-extremism/de-radicalisation initiatives that give advice on what content is disseminated on their pages.
Association for Research and Action on Violent Radical Counter-Disorders (ARACDRV)
The main purpose of the Association for Research and Action on Violent Radical Counter-Disorders, known as ARACDRV, is to contribute to the development of research on radical counter-disorders and its dissemination to the general public.
Theatre and Communication (Théâtre et communication)
This NGO used acting and theatre to intervene in a deconflicting daily situation involving religious factors and first-line practitioners. This NGO was involved in the AMAL Program, a PvE/CVE program involving returnees in jail.