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To What Extent is it a Social Worker's Job to Intervene in Radicalisation?
Radicalisation has become an ever increasing issue here in the UK and it remains a taboo topic for many.
The report suggests that there is a lack of clear advice and guidance when it comes to dealing with the topic of radicalisation and this could potentially result in social workers taking risks or cutting corners in their approaches to dealing with it.
As a way of targeting radicalisation, the government has set up a multi-agency programme called ‘Prevent’. The attention and funding of this programme has been aimed mainly at areas that are considered to be of ‘high risk’ for radicalisation, over half of which are in London.
Analysis of the programme has shown that social work staff within the Prevent priority areas have a much better understanding of how to deal with radicalisation situations as opposed to those working outside of these areas who were much more uncertain.
On the other hand, many social workers have expressed their concern regarding the Prevent programme, branding it as ‘toxic’. Placing a community or particular family on the Prevent programme can cause controversy and negative feelings which is why social workers believe that it could prove to be detrimental to the relationships and trust that they have built with them over time.
Recognising that radicalisation has become an ever increasing issue here in the UK and wanting to support social workers in dealing with the matter, Liquid Personnel have organised a free training event in London. It will be run by in-demand social work and child protection training expert Robin Watts, and will help social workers develop the skills required to identify victims of not only radicalisation but also FGM along with providing guidance on how to prevent these issues from happening.
If you would like to get involved in the training then please follow this link to register your interest. Once you have registered, one of our consultants will be in touch to discuss the training further and help you secure your place.
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