Luton and Leeds councils are co-chairing a local authority network across England and Wales to provide support, and develop and share good practice, on countering extremism.
The Special Interest Group on Countering Extremism (SIGCE) is developing links across authorities and other partners, creating and collating resources, sharing approaches, and delivering a number of free seminars, shaped by the issues that councils say matter most.
Councils play a vital role in response to extremism and the SIGCE provides a vehicle for councils to learn from each other’s experiences in tackling difficult and sensitive issues and assisting one another in responding to local challenges.
A dedicated online SIGCE Knowledge Hub hosts the emerging outputs from the SIGCE’s work, including a resource library and a platform for discussing issues and ideas. A core delivery team from a range of councils is working to develop the SIGCE’s seminar programme and other resources over the next two years, supported by the Local Government Association, Home Office, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, and Coventry University’s Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations.
The SIGCE is keen to hear from councils to grow the network further and is encouraging local authorities to get involved by signing up to the SIGCE Knowledge Hub at www.khub.net or contacting firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.