Students from Coventry University will organise a counter-terrorism conference at 14:00 on Wed 14 March in Coventry Council House to help young adults recognise when they are being radicalised and how to avoid it. Following some short presentations by survivors of radicalisation, there will be a discussion between the audience and a panel of experts including police from the West Midlands Counter-Terrorism Unit, Schedule 7 officers and other experts. It is expected that the Prevent Programme will be among the topics for debate.
Tackling radicalisation and terrorism is clearly a vital part of UK national security, but the methods the government use to counter these threats can provoke fear and suspicion among innocent, law-abiding citizens. The Prevent strategy aims to safeguard vulnerable people who are at risk of radicalisation. It has been controversial, some people claiming they feel victimised and targeted because of their nationality, religion or the colour of their skin. For example, some students coming to Coventry or Warwick Universities feel frustrated when they are repeatedly stopped and questioned by Schedule 7 officers as they enter the country.
This conference falls into three parts. The first part aims at explaining how radicalisation happens, how to recognise and avoid it. The second part is a free food, refreshment and networking event when the audience can mingle with the panel. The final part will allow the audience to address any issues they have in a debate with local counter-terrorist police and others who have the duty to implement government policy. The aim is to exchange points of view, improve mutual understanding and reduce tensions that can arise.
Booking is not essential but is advised to reserve a place.