01 March 2013

AWP wins award for protecting individuals from radicalisation and terrorism

AWP has won the first ever NHS South of England 'Best of Prevent' award for its work implementing the Government's 'Prevent' strategy which aims to stop people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

Mental health is seen as a key area for the strategy and AWP, through its safeguarding team, has made a significant contribution to implementing the strategy in practice.

Because of this, the NHS South of England decided to award its first ever 'Best of Prevent' award for the South of England to AWP at an awards ceremony at the South West Strategic Health Authority headquarters at South West House in Taunton, on Monday (25 February).

PreventAward2013The award was presented to AWP's Mark Dean, Trust Head of the Safeguarding and Prevent Lead, and Francesca McGarrigle, Public Protection and Safeguarding Manager, by Liz Redfern CBE, South of England Director of Nursing and Executive Lead for Prevent.

Mark says, "Winning this award is fantastic news for AWP and for all the people involved in delivering the Prevent strategy, especially for those in the learning and development and safeguarding teams who have worked so hard to roll out the Prevent programme and to raise its profile.

"We know that some people with mental health issues are vulnerable to being targeted by terrorist individuals and their ideologies. Our role is to identify these people and work with them and other agencies to support them away from that path.

"In the last year we have made significant progress in terms of training our staff, providing resources on the intranet and website and raising awareness of the strategy," says Mark.

Magdalena Wood, Regional Prevent Coordinator, NHS South of England, says, "The judging panel was impressed by AWP's application, their longstanding leadership in implementing the Prevent agenda, delivering the awareness raising product HealthWRAP (Working to Raise Awareness of Prevent) and well-embedded Prevent escalation and referral processes, and by the joint working with partners and integrating of Prevent into safeguarding processes. This clearly shows a lot of work and commitment to the Prevent agenda."

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