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A long-term approach to beating radicalisation

I was reading an interesting article on the BBC about right wing terrorism and the clues they give away. Whilst the identification of terrorists must remain a priority for the security services, this is an immediate and ongoing task, which will only result in long-term change if we work in parallel to address the issue of radicalisation at source.

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International Conference on Youth Radicalisation

I was fortunate enough to attend a conference yesterday as part of our Youth Empowerment and Innovation Project in Modena (Italy) along with around 150 young people and professionals to hear about the latest state of the art in the prevention of radicalisation of young people in Europe.  With around 2/3rds of the audience being under 25, the conference had a feel of being driven by the young people who are the beneficiaries of the project.  Speakers from across Europe delivered presentations in Italian and English about the latest work in the field.

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Ofsted is Catching Up with IARS

My interest was taken by a blog from the National Learning Trust which was discussing the increasing role of PHSE in the curriculum and it's current interest to Ofsted inspectors.  It is clear that PSHE will take on a much greater focus – definitely not as a bolt-on but as a key aspect to support the development of children and young people.

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December 1st is World Aids Day, a day to remember people we have lost to AIDS and those living with HIV.  I'm sure we have all been touched in one way or another by this disease, in my case I have a friend living with HIV and controlling it with drugs.  When he was diagnosed it came as a complete shock, a blood transfusion when he was a boy had been infected and now so was he.  At that time HIV was a pre-cursor to full blown AIDS and in reality the time-bomb was ticking away, however in the (many) years that have followed our knowledge of the disease and how to control it has grown to a poi

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Changing Times?

Olga Khoroshilova's piece on the BBC World Services website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41737330) tells the story of a brief period in 1921 when the gay community in Russia had a "brief window of freedom" and shows extraordinary photographs of a gay wedding from the 1920s.  It reminded me of a conversation I had with a friend this week where I was teasing him about making an honest man of his partner, commenting on how progressive we are in the UK and how the gay community has the options of a civil partnership or a w

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Drop In to a great future

Attending School or University is not for everyone. There are a plethora of reasons explaining why a young person might see themselves as unfit to carry on with their education. These reasons range from financial instability to lack of motivation; however, they should not be permanently punished because they made this choice. All across the U.K. and Europe the number of young people dropping out of school is rising, and it is noticeable in the workplace. Young people bring fresh ideas to the table, they are typically fast learners, and are excited to work. Their absence is strongly felt.

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IARS contribution to the Lammy Review

The Lammy Review, chaired by David Lammy MP, was published today as an independent review of the treatment of, and outcomes for, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) individuals in the Criminal Justice System (CJS).  IARS' work was recognised as part of this review with the report noting that there is great potential for criminal justice agencies to utilise a restorative justice approach to improve relationships with BAME communities.

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Speaking out for Young People

I was reading with interest about Sir Vince Cable's views on the impact of Brexit on young people (see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-40842017).  Sir Vince clearly takes the view that the youth of Britain have had a raw deal following the decision of the majority to leave the European Union and he may have a good point.  This was particularly interesting as I've had an interesting week working with our Youth projects this week.

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In a rare nod to gender equality the 13th Doctor is to be a woman.  As Jodie Whittaker takes up her position in the blue box we have been reflecting on the positive statement this sends out to women and girls across the country.  Not only can women actors be cast in lead roles, but women can become doctors and academics all wrapped up in one short announcement.  Here at IARS we love it.

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Young People are the Heart of the Community

I suspect everyone in the UK has been touched by the tragic fire at Grenville Tower in London and my heart goes out to the people who have lost loved ones in this incident.  Amidst the stories of the heroism of the London Fire Brigade and of those local residents that rallied round or rescued people my heart was lifted by the article on the BBC and in some of the London papers today about the the young people who have formed together to support the relief efforts and to give their time to support people who are suffering.

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