Bradford Community Support Team (BCST)
The solution to safeguarding young people from extremism begins in our community.
The Purpose of Bradford Community Support Team (BCST) is to help young people to gain the confidence and ability they need to develop within the legal means the right to freedom of expression, advocacy and representation skills needed to participate in the democratic and political arenas of our society.
THE SIX PRINCIPLES OF BCST FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
1 Support – to help young people develop and express their own views in a positive way and within the rule of law.
2 Engage- using a range of tools to work with communities to inform and empower them to challenge extremism agendas.
3 Partnership – to build a partnership with young people, parents and teachers to encouraging openness and debate.
4 Communication – promoting consultation, empowerment, inclusion and participation by all partners to safeguard young people from extremist risk
5 Mentor – building self-confidence and resilience with community role models as Mentors.
6 Educate - alternative approaches to understanding due process, the rule of law and democratic objection. Legitimising protest, civil rights and objection. Encouraging young people to think for themselves and express their views positively. Help develop critical thinking, reasoning and rationalisation
What we do:
Support those at risk of radicalisation to move on and engage in life in a fuller, more balanced way through the prevent agenda.
We provide safeguarding and education, working alongside local statuatory and non-statuatory organisations supported by the Home Office.
How we do this:
Providing a toolkit to reduce vulnerability and increase resilience.
-Encouraging critical thinking, emotional intelligence, mental well-being and refocusing.
-Holistic approach, client centred, non-judgmental.
-Through 1:1 sessions; on a voluntary basis.
-Providing a safe place for expression where we can explore controversial issues.
-Raising awareness and knowledge through interactive and informative group sessions with community groups, schools and other professionals.
-Liaison with other agencies, signposting, mentoring and educating.
-Working alongside families where appropriate.
Covering subjects such as:
-Understanding radicalisation and extremism.
-Exploring hate and hate crimes.
-How to stay safe on the internet.
For further enquiries or if you are interested in hosting one of our free workshops, please contact the team directly using this link: support team
Alternatively, to refer an individual access our form here: BCST Referal Form
You can also call us or leave us a message on 0800 1691 664