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Offenders: Radicalism

Home Office written question – answered on 11th February 2020.

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Photo of Afzal Khan Afzal Khan Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Immigration)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her Department’s news story entitled Tougher sentencing and monitoring in government overhaul of terrorism response, published on 21 January 20202, what the (a) process for recruitment or selection and (b) oversight process will be for Imams tasked with challenging the beliefs of radicalised offenders.

Photo of Afzal Khan Afzal Khan Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Immigration)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her Department’s news story entitled Tougher sentencing and monitoring in government overhaul of terrorism response, published on 21 January 20202, what steps she is taking to help ensure that Imams tasked with challenging the beliefs of radicalised offenders are sufficiently independent from government.

Photo of Afzal Khan Afzal Khan Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Immigration)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her Department’s news story entitled Tougher sentencing and monitoring in government overhaul of terrorism response, published on 21 January 20202, what plans she has to consult with (a) Muslim communities and (b) Muslim leaders on proposals for specially trained Imams to assess risk of and challenge the beliefs of radicalised offenders.

Photo of Afzal Khan Afzal Khan Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Immigration)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her Department’s news story entitled Tougher sentencing and monitoring in government overhaul of terrorism response, published on 21 January 20202, what training will be given to Imams tasked with challenging the beliefs of radicalised offenders.

Photo of Afzal Khan Afzal Khan Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Immigration)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her Department’s news story entitled Tougher sentencing and monitoring in government overhaul of terrorism response, published on 21 January 20202, whether her proposals include religious leaders of faiths other than Islam being used to challenge the beliefs of radicalised offenders.

Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis The Minister of State, Home Department

The Government has formulated a combined response to the Member’s questions given the connected nature of the questions.

23 Chaplaincy Intervention Providers (IPs) were selected to deliver the Theological and Ideological Interventions (TII) Programme in prisons which launched in January 2019.

All were existing HMPPS Chaplaincy employees – recommended by HMPPS Counter-Terrorism specialist staff, and subject to Government vetting and due diligence checks. They are therefore not independent of government, but selected based on experience, knowledge and skills in challenging extremism.

Existing skills are supplemented with a diverse set of training; for example, in one-to-one interventions, theology, counter-narratives, and psychology. Training is delivered and reviewed in partnership with local Counter-Terrorism teams, and other practitioners working in complementary fields.

The recruitment of additional chaplains is kept under review to ensure needs are being met. We take continuous improvement seriously and consult community and academic partners wherever possible.

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