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
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
The 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