The Mayor of Leicester and the Home Office agreed that Leicester’s Prevent work will be led by the St Philip’s Centre and that the Prevent Coordinator will be located here.
The St Philips Centre approach to Prevent is to empower local communities to develop resilience to extremism and to 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 Leicester.
St Philip’s was chosen to lead this work because of its excellent national reputation, particularly around integration and building good interfaith relations. We already have a successful track record of delivery on Prevent, for example the pioneering Understanding Prevent Level 2 courses, mentoring in secure training centres, membership of 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 our communities, cities and our country has to face. But we believe that it is better to seek to bring about positive changes by working together on these issues than by staying outside of them.