Annual Warwickshire Prevent Conference 2020

on Monday 23rd Nov, 2020 at 9:30am
Warwickshire County Councils Community Safety Team be hosting the annual Prevent Conference on 23rd November 2020. This year the conference will be online.

The Warwickshire Prevent Conference provides leading expert guidance on key issues currently facing the Prevent agenda.

About this Event
The date of the event is 23rd November 2020 and this year will be conducted as an online conference via Microsoft Teams. It will start at 9.30 and be a half day event.

The key areas of focus this year will be:-

  • The impact of radicalisation within families and how to engage and support vulnerable individuals who may be engaging with extremist influences

  • Looking at the issues of mental health, well-being and Prevent

  • Considering the changing threat and risk from Right Wing Terrorism

  • Looking at Contextual Safeguarding as a means of assessing vulnerabilities and potential for grooming and exploitation.

We are hugely fortunate to have secured the contribution of fantastic range of speakers to address these issues, including

Nicola Benyahia has extensive experience within the social care sector, spanning over 30 years with extensive work in the context of mental health provision. She is a fully qualified, registered BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) Counsellor with specific experience in mental health, brain injury and most recently working and counselling young people aged 14 to 25 years old. As a mother personally affected by the impact of violent radicalisation processes in her own family, she has stepped forward for other families sharing similar problems. She founded a counselling organisation, 'Families For Life' following the death of her son Rasheed in Syria in 2015. She hopes, through her organisation, to support and empower families to combat the shame of radicalisation and provide them with a platform for their voices to be heard.

Will Baldet has been a practitioner in Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) for 10 years. He has worked in both policing and policy within the UK’s counter terrorism strategy, CONTEST. He has been rooted in grassroots communities during throughout this time, giving him an acute understanding of the challenges they face in relation to polarisation, radicalisation and extremism. Will is the Regional Prevent Lead for the West Midlands and regularly featured in media discussions on extremism including the threat from Right Wing Terrorism.

Prevent in Place - The Prevent in Place team forms a mental health hub as part of the West Midlands counter terrorism unit helping vulnerable individuals gain access to vital services and reducing risk to the public. The team includes a range of Medical practitioners - psychologists, psychiatrists and mental health nurses working alongside Prevent officers to offer more support for those thought to be at risk of being radicalised. We will have a speaker from the team to outline some of the challenges around mental health and Prevent, and how they work to safeguard individuals and the links to local agencies and resources in Warwickshire.

Jonathon Toy - Divisional Lead for Community Safety and Trading Standards, Warwickshire County Council. Jonathon has worked in the public sector on community safety and enforcement programmes for the past 20 years with experience in with the Home Office and four London boroughs leading operational teams working to disrupt local drugs markets and combat violence as well as taking on the Prevent portfolio for Warwickshire.

This should be a genuinely engaging and informative event which will be delivered online. It will be directly relevant to colleagues from across all of the agencies covered by the Prevent Duty, in particular representatives from Health, Local Authority, Policing, Fire, Education as well as those in Voluntary, Faith and Community sectors.

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