Group A/B/C: MASTERCLASS: Building Resilience Against Violent Extremism (BRAVE)
Homerton University Hospital, Clifden Road
7 February 2020
09:30 – 13:00
Aim of the course
BRAVE is an interactive workshop to build resilience against violent extremism. Former gang members and extremists discuss the reality of county lines, gang association and extremist narratives that promote violence.
BRAVE seeks to communicate a number of key messages identifying the similarities between county lines, gang involvement, extremism and radicalisation.
The BRAVE programme:
• Helps delegates have greater awareness of the realities and issues surrounding county lines, gang involvement, drugs, violence, extremism and radicalisation, and learn about strategies to help avoid the risk of becoming involved in these activities
• Supports delegates to be able to tackle issues that they may feel ill-equipped to deal with, without the adverse publicity of being seen as ‘having this problem‘
The first hour with St. Giles Trust focuses on preventing gang exploitation, aimed at creating a cultural shift amongst young people, by both dispelling the myths which glamorise gang life and crime, whilst also exposing the serious exploitative and grooming tactics that take place in order to get young people to join gangs and commit crime. It utilises ex-gang members’ testimonials and expose the realities of how girls are treated in gangs.
The second half with ConnectFutures focuses on safeguarding against violent extremism which explains the process of radicalisation and disengagement with examples from the Far Right and Islamist extremisms, and looks at recruiter techniques including grooming. It encourages discussions around risks and vulnerabilities and focuses on practical action, using real cases.
Both sessions look at how and why the perpetrators recruit young people, and what they can do to stay safe. Delegates will leave the sessions understanding the exploitative recruitment processes used by gangs/violent extremists and the catastrophic dangers involved with joining gangs/ violent extremist groups alongside the serious consequences of supplying drugs/ committing crime. Most importantly, though, they will walk away with real tools to prevent recruitment and exploitation.
It was fascinating learning about County Lines and all the different aspects that need to be considered. The trainer was incredibly engaging!
Community Hall Assistant, London Borough of Hackney
Facilitator: Combined delivery with St Giles Trust and ConnectFutures.