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The impact of anti-radicalisation policies on safeguarding practices

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The impact of anti-radicalisation policies on safeguarding practices for children, young people and parents

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The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 placed a duty on specified authorities to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. This is known as the Prevent duty - and extends to protecting children from radicalisation.

This seminar will seek to explore the relationship between the aims of Prevent and child safeguarding practice; a key question is the suggestion of racial bias implicit in the aims and methods of the policy that affects institutions - in health, education and social care - interacting with and responsible for children. Therefore discussions of the issues arising is timely and important.

The seminar will hear from Dr Tarek Younis, and the discussant will be Nick Watts, followed by an open discussion.

This seminar will be of interest to practitioners, policy makers and academics/researchers, and social work students, including those required to implement the UK government’s Prevent duty.

The seminar is hosted by the Centre for Social Work Research (CSWR), The Victoria Climbié Foundation UK (VCF) and the BME-Migrant Advisory Group for Safeguarding Children and Young People (B-MAG).

Dr Tarek Younis - Islamophobia in the National Health Service; How Prevent’s Counter-Radicalisation Enters into Clinical Logic

This presentation demonstrates how Prevent must engage in performance colour blindness - the active recognition and dismissal of racial logic which associates radicalised Muslims with the threat of terrorism. It will also outline the chilling effect racialised and moralised policies (Prevent) have on NHS staff, especially British Muslims. It concludes with a discussion of how institutional racism is introduced and operates in the NHS, why it is difficult to address racism embedded within colour blind policies, and how mental health and psychologisation are integral to the performance of colour blindness.

Dr Tarek Younis is a cultural psychologist with a PhD/PsyD in Clinical Psychology. He is an Honorary Research Associate at University College London. HIs British Academy postdoctoral fellowship was an ethnography exploring the racialisation of statutory counter-terrorism policies (Prevent) in the NHS, and its impact on British Muslim mental health access. He researches and writes on Islamophobia, the securitisation and racism of mental health, and how counter-radicalisation enters into a clinical logic. He teaches on the impact of culture, religion, globalisation and security policies on psychological interventions.

Nick Watts - Discussant

Nick Watts is the Co-founder and Director of Together with Migrant Children, a charity founded in 2016 by social workers and children’s practitioners who met in Calais in the ‘Jungle’. The charity aims to promote young people’s belonging, identity and safety through rights-based and radical practice, providing assessment, long term family support, safeguarding and help through destitution.

We look forward to your contributions to this important debate.

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