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Celebrating identity and supporting community cohesion in Luton

In a community as diverse as Luton, understanding cultural identity can be challenging, especially when there are those who seek to undermine community cohesion through a narrowing of that identity.

Newham Council's youth support offer

Newham council has developed an intensive youth support offer via the Youth Empowerment Service, which provides intensive youth support alongside the multi-agency and advocacy for young people up to age 25 at risk of exploitation and harm.

Sheffield City Council trusted assessor scheme

The Snowdrop Project is a Sheffield based charity that works with survivors of human trafficking to empower them to recover from their experience.

Multi-agency responses to community tensions linked to asylum seeker accommodation

In September 2020 the Home Office agreed to use the disused Napier Barracks in Folkestone to house asylum seekers who had presented in Kent, often having crossed the Channel in dinghies.

Nottingham Together – Let’s Talk; challenging division and polarisation

In response to rising rates of hate crime, and a desire to make communities more resilient, Nottingham City Council sought to tackle prejudice by equipping people with the skills and confidence to effectively respond to it.

Tackling hate crime through Restorative Justice and early intervention

Rotherham is taking an early intervention approach to raise awareness about the impact of hate crime and to identify and work with those who might be on a journey to becoming hate crime offenders.

Community cohesion: Managing the impact of critical incidents in schools

Birmingham City Council (BCC) found itself at the centre of a national controversy when protesters sought to demonstrate outside primary schools in opposition to the inclusion of LGBT+ content in lessons, following the announcement by DfE that Relationships Education would be compulsory from September 2020.

Safer Cyber – Tackling online harms in Durham

Faced with an increase in online crime and harm across a range of themes including extremism, the Safe Durham Partnership chose to adopt ‘Tackling and Preventing Cyber Enabled Crime’ as one of their six partnership priorities.

Future Leaders Programme - tackling radicalisation in East London

East London has a history of extremist groups operating in the area, which has on occasion manifested itself in terrorist activity. Local authorities in the region have been particularly concerned that young people may be vulnerable to extremist ideologies.

Project Orpheus: Building resilience to online extremism in Portsmouth

With external funding to support counter-extremism delivery decreasing, Portsmouth worked with international partners to devise and deliver work with young people to protect them from online harms and improve critical thinking skills in partnership with local and national third sector providers.