The City Mayor of Leicester and the Home Office agreed that Leicester’s Prevent work will be led by St Philip’s Centre working in partnership with agencies and groups including the Federation of Muslim Organisations (FMO). The post of Prevent Coordinator is located here.
The St Philip’s Centre approach to Prevent is to empower local communities to develop resilience to extremism and have the strength to challenge all forms of extremism when it does arise. The council and the police – as with other statutory organisations – will continue to work together in partnership with the Prevent Coordinator, to deliver Prevent in Leicestershire and Rutland.
St Philip’s was chosen to lead this work because of its excellent local, regional and national reputation, particularly around integration and building good inter-faith relations. The Centre already has a successful track record of delivery on Prevent, for example the pioneering Understanding Prevent Level 2 courses, mentoring in secure training centres, membership of the Independent Advisory Group (IAG) and making significant contributions to Prevent from local to national level.
The ongoing proliferation of different forms of extremism is one of the most difficult issues that communities, cities and the country have to face. But the Centre believes it is better to seek to bring about positive changes by being part of the discussion and by working together on these issues than by staying outside of them.
Sean Arbuthnot is the Prevent Coordinator in Leicester and based in the Centre. You can contact Sean here.