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Steps to combat extremism recognised

Members of a Muslim organisation working to promote social cohesion have paid a visit to Waltham Forest to learn about the extensive work the borough does to tackle radicalisation and extremism.

A delegation from EMISCO (European Muslim Initiative for Social Cohesion) came to the town hall on 5 February to hear about the proactive work carried out by the Council and partner organisations to combat these issues.

They heard from Cllr Liaquat Ali MBE JP, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Cohesion, and representatives from the Council’s community safety team about its work supporting Prevent, the Government's counter-terrorism strategy.

The visit focussed on Waltham Forest Council’s efforts to tackle youth radicalisation, with targeted work in schools around identity, religion and belief in order to support young people in their journey to adulthood. Discussions also covered work around internet safety, and how students are being taught to be ‘E-safe’ to combat risks associated with online radicalisation.

Council leader Chris Robbins and Mayor of Waltham Forest, Cllr Terry Wheeler, also met the EMISCO delegation during the visit, with the Mayor giving a short speech about the importance of Waltham Forest’s Islamic community at the end of the talks.

Cllr Ali MBE JP said: “EMISCO asked to come and talk to us about our efforts to tackle youth radicalisation having heard about the proactive work we’ve been carrying out, and have since told us they found their visit to be very insightful and informative.

“We’re proud of the steps we’re taking to combat extremism, but will not rest on our laurels. We continue to do all we can to promote community cohesion and raise awareness among our residents about radicalisation.”

To learn about the work of the Council’s community safety team visit

Notes to Editors

EMISCO is made up of representatives from Non-Governmental Organisations across Europe, and works to promote inter-ethnic, inter-faith and inter-cultural dialogue and cooperation in Europe to combat all forms of extremism, discrimination and hate speech. For more information visit

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