Key Points
  • An update from the Commission for Countering Extremism on the review of legislation relevant to hateful extremism
  • COVID 19 - how hateful extremists are exploiting the pandemic
  • Perspectives from police and community leaders on how to build trust and strengthen community resilience to extremist narratives
  • Innovative interventions to counter hateful extremism online and offline
  • The role and responsibilities of the media in challenging extremism
  • How to encourage reporting and provide better support to victims of hate incidents
  • Identifying young people at risk and preventing radicalisation - practical advice for parents, teachers and youth groups
  • Hear a personal case study of the routes into and out of hateful extremist organisations
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Overview
Behaviour that incites and amplifies hate against individuals based on their race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability is on the rise and increasingly visible in our society. Hate crime figures are at record levels, with more than 105,000 incidents recorded in England and Wales in 2019-20, an increase of 8 per cent on the previous year.

Westminster Insight’s ‘Tackling Hateful Extremism Digital Conference’ will bring together expert speakers and practitioners working with those vulnerable to radicalisation and the victims of hate incidents, to explore a whole-society approach to combating hateful extremism.

Social media allows extremists to spread hateful ideologies, conspiracy theories and misinformation faster and to larger audiences than ever before. Find out how to improve media literacy of individuals of all ages in your communities and tackle misinformation, with expert input from The Center for Countering Digital Hate and Shout Out UK.

Join with peers from central government, police, national and local leaders, prevent officers, teachers and front line service professionals, to network and explore how to create a safer and more inclusive society.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Dr Keith Spiller, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Birmingham City University
  • Sara Khan, Commissioner for Countering Extremism, Home Office (Provisional)
  • Senior Representative, Counter Terrorism Policing
  • Gavin Foster, ChronicLive Editor, Reach Plc
  • Mustafa Field, Director, Faiths Forum for London
  • Terence McCorry, Disability Hate Crime Advocate, Leonard Cheshire
  • Mark Gardner, Chief Executive, Community Security Trust
  • Imran Ahmed, Chief Executive Officer, Center for Countering Digital Hate
  • Rebecca Skellett, Head of Strong Cities Network, ISD
  • Cllr Debra Coupar, Deputy Leader, Leeds City Council and Co-Chair, Special Interest Group on Countering Extremism, Local Government Association

  • Agenda
    Start

    09:00 - 09:10
    Chair’s Opening Remarks

     

    Speakers

    Dr Keith Spiller Lecturer in Criminology, Birmingham City University

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    09:00 - 09:15
    Building a Whole Society Approach to Tackling Extremism

     

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    Rose Simkins Chief Executive, Stop Hate UK

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    09:15 - 09:40
    Keynote Address: Recent Findings and Recommendations from the Commission for Countering Extremism

     
    • Understanding the relationship between COVID 19 and extremism
    • Changes in attitudes, beliefs and activities and concerning trends: conspiracy theories and blaming other or ‘out’ - groups
    • What we know about ‘what works’ to counter extremism online and offline
    9.35 - 9.40 Questions and Discussion

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    Sara Khan Commissioner, Commission for Countering Extremism (Provisional)

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    09:40 - 10:10
    Update from Counter Terrorism Policing -Working to Prevent Terrorist Activity in a Growing Climate of Extremism

     
    • Impact of lockdowns and travel restrictions on attack planning and referrals – current trends
    • Lone actors and the rising threat of right-wing extremism
    • Building inclusive communities and partnership working  – a whole-society approach to preventing extremist violence

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    Senior Representative Counter Terrorism Policing

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    10:05 - 10:45
    Panel Discussion: Sharing Approaches to Help Prevent Hate Incidents and Respond Effectively to Reports

     
    • Identifying gaps and opportunities for interventions
    • Removing the barriers to reporting hate incidents and accessing services
    • Understanding the reasons for reporting and supporting victims

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    Mustafa Field OBE Director, Faiths Forum for London

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    Mark Gardner Chief Executive, Community Security Trust

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    Terence McCorry Disability Hate Crime Advocate, Leonard Cheshire

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    10:45 - 11:00
    The Role and Responsibilities of the Media in Challenging Extremism

     
    Gavin Foster, ChronicLive Editor, Reach Plc will describe ChronicleLive’s approach to reporting on violent hate incidents e.g. following Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the North East including:  

    • Reporting with balance, accuracy and sensitivity
    • Tackling online hate speech and abuse and encouraging kindness and positivity
    • Responding to online abuse, trolling, threats to journalists and premises
    • Upholding our brand values of being responsive, trustworthy and authentic

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    Gavin Foster ChronicLive Editor, ReachPlc

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    11:00 - 11:20
    Intermission

     

    11:20 - 11:50
    Combating Online Extremism

     
    • The online hate ecosystem explained
    • Hate groups and their digital strategies and new forms of hate misinformation
    • Educating citizens on what to do with misinformation
    11.40 - 11.50 Questions and Discussion

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    Imran Ahmed Chief Executive Officer, Center for Countering Digital Hate

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    11:50 - 12:20
    Supporting and Protecting Children and Young People from Being Radicalised

     
    Shout Out UK is a youth education network specialising in the delivery of Political, Media Literacy and Extremism courses for secondary schools and colleges across the UK. Since 2015, they have worked with over 30,000 young people, aged 11-10, helping them build their confidence, emotional resilience and critical thinking skills. In this session, Lucie and Ralitsa will explore:

    • Improving media literacy (Misinformation, Disinformation and Bias)
    • Creating ‘safe spaces’ and facilitating sensitive discussions on extremism (emotional resilience, critical thinking and practical activities to support discussions)
    • Reporting procedures to raise concerns about vulnerable learners (Survey responses, open discussion, and activities)
    12.10 - 12.20 Questions and Discussion

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    Ralitsa Raleva Head of Policy & Stakeholder Relations, Shout Out UK

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    Lucie Spicer Head of Education Technology, Shout Out UK

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    12:20 - 12:40
    Creating a Strong and Connected Environment

     
    • Safeguarding citizens from polarisation and radicalisation to create stronger and safer communities
    • Bringing together mayors, policymakers, and practitioners, to create community resilience to counter violent extremism in all its forms   

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    Rebecca Skellett Head of Strong Cities Network, ISD

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    12:40 - 13:20
    Case Study: Strengthening Communities to Combat the Rise in Hate Incidents

     
    • Challenges facing councils in their work on countering extremism - an update from the Special Interest Group on Countering Extremism (SIGCE)
    • Sharing good practice on countering extremism and responding to local challenges
    • What can we learn from our colleagues in the US?
    • Breaking down barriers and misconceptions between communities and people of different backgrounds
    • Targeting the complex social issues that can make people more vulnerable to the messages of extremists
    • Learning from the ‘Together We are Stronger’ partnership with Building a Stronger Britain Together 
    13.10 - 13.20 Questions and Discussion

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    Debra Coupar Deputy Leader, Leeds City Council and Co-Chair, Special Interest Group on Countering Extremism, Local Government Association

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    End

    Speakers

    Senior Representative Counter Terrorism Policing

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    Imran Ahmed Chief Executive Officer, Center for Countering Digital Hate

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    Debra Coupar Deputy Leader, Leeds City Council and Co-Chair, Special Interest Group on Countering Extremism, Local Government Association

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    Mustafa Field OBE Director, Faiths Forum for London

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    Gavin Foster ChronicLive Editor, ReachPlc

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    Mark Gardner Chief Executive, Community Security Trust

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    Sara Khan Commissioner, Commission for Countering Extremism (Provisional)

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    Terence McCorry Disability Hate Crime Advocate, Leonard Cheshire

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    Ralitsa Raleva Head of Policy & Stakeholder Relations, Shout Out UK

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    Rose Simkins Chief Executive, Stop Hate UK

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    Rebecca Skellett Head of Strong Cities Network, ISD

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    Lucie Spicer Head of Education Technology, Shout Out UK

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    Dr Keith Spiller Lecturer in Criminology, Birmingham City University

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