CPS Faith Awareness Training taster session

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Launch of interfaith training taster session

About this event

The CPS faith networks invite you to the launch of the forthcoming interfaith training programme.

The event will be hosted by Mustafa Field, Director of Faith Forum for London and Community Engagement Lead for Strengthening Faith Institutions Programme.

Speakers include

Mark Poulson

From 2014 to 2018, Canon Mark Poulson has served as Secretary for Inter-Religious Affairs to the Archbishop of Canterbury and National Inter-Religious Affairs Adviser for the Church of England. Prior to this Mark was the Vicar of St John’s Church, Southall for 11 years. He has also been involved nationally in the Church of England’s Presence and Engagement Programme as a long-standing member of its Task Group and sits on the Board of the Church’s successful partnership with the Government, the Near Neighbours Project. He is the Chair of Trustees of the Kings Centre, Southall – an emerging centre of training in faiths and cultural awareness

He will be speaking about why Faith is Too Significant to Ignore

- All too often we see faith in a negative light, but for the vast majority of the many millions of people who hold faith dear to them, this is not the faith they know.

- To speak about the faith values that make and bind a harmonious society.

- To cover what faith really is about and the many social goods that faith brings to British society.

- What our society will lose without faith. We could lose the uniqueness of understanding how people need to connect, especially when times are tough, with others who will understand their essence and not just their needs.

- To emphasize the importance of faith in a person's decision-making and identity. It is an important cornerstone of many people's identity that does not get the same amount of focus or awareness in this day and age.Jasvir Singh

Jasvir is the founding Chair of City Sikhs, an organisation established in 2010 which provides a voice for progressive Sikhs in the UK and which has over 6,000 members throughout the country. In 2012, Jasvir launched the British Sikh Report, which is a comprehensive document based on views and opinions of Sikhs in the UK and which provides robust data on an annual basis for the benefit of the British Sikh community. Jasvir is an established family law barrister based in Temple and has been in practice for the last 12 years.

He will be speaking about Faith in the workplace using case studies and will be looking to create an awareness regarding themes and issues that may be relevant to one's faith. He will also explore the importance for colleagues to understand the sensitivities of faith and the boundaries of banter or certain activities that may seem to be innocent or allowable.

To create an environment of more inclusive activities and events when planning and organising events for staff and in the office.

Ifath Nawaz

Ifath is a consultant solicitor to Setfords and Buckles Law firms as a planning and environmental law specialist, having worked with a range of public and private sector clients Ifath has been a school governor for 14 years and was also the President of Association of Muslim Lawyers 2002 – 2014, the Co-Chair Citizens UK Independent Asylum Commission 2006-2008, and Commissioner of Citizens UK Commission on Islam, Participation and Public Life 2015-2017. Ifath was a Council Member for the Faiths Forum for London and has undertaken delivery of diversity training on a number of fonts in her different capacities. She has also been an active member of the Thames Valley Hate Crime Scrutiny Panel and the London Strategic Partnership of London CPS where she provided input on behalf of Muslim organisations. She delivered training in partnership with CPS lawyers on hate crimes and reporting of offences to the community in London between 2018 and 2020.

She will be speaking about Why Faith Literacy is Relevant to the CPS and the Criminal Justice System

The importance of certain religious obligations and requirements in the context of attendance at court.

- The organisation of court hearings witness gathering of evidence and preparation of trial - a checklist

1. Knowing your witness

2. Separating culture from religion

3. Advance preparation of trial dates

4. Oath/affirm of different faiths

5. Etiquettes of behaviour in court

The last speaker will be Natan Levy

Natan is an interfaith and social action consultant, who has worked with the Board of Deputies of British Jews. He is the Head of Operations for the Strengthening Faith Institutions Programme. He received his rabbinical ordination in Israel from Rabbi Brovender and Rabbi Riskin in 2006. He holds a MA in Jewish Studies from King’s College, London, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in environmental theology at Bristol University.

He will speak about the exciting CPS Faith Literacy Training being launched explaining the objectives, structure and content of this

This will be followed by a Q&A

This session is open to all CPS and Civil Service colleagues.