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Commission will help schools and colleges spot signs of radicalisation

Ministers committed to establishing the Commission for Countering Extremism in the Queen’s Speech earlier this year.

A new counter-extremism commission will help train schools and colleges to spot signs that youngsters are being radicalised.

The Home Office also disclosed that the body will be tasked with ensuring women’s rights are upheld.

New details of the commission’s remit emerged as the Government launched a recruitment campaign to appoint its head.

Ministers committed to establishing the Commission for Countering Extremism in the Queen’s Speech earlier this year.

It will be tasked with identifying examples and advising the Government on new policies and laws, as well as supporting communities and the public sector to confront extremism and promote British values.

The Home Office added: “The Commission will also help to train schools and colleges to spot the warning signs and stamp out extremism as they have with racism.

“And because there is a strong correlation between extremism and the poor treatment of women and girls, the Commission will have a specific responsibility to ensure women’s rights are upheld.”

The successful candidate for lead commissioner will advise the Home Secretary on the commission’s future role and help shape its priorities.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: “This Government is committed to tackling extremism in all its forms as the Prime Minister said after the London Bridge attack earlier this year, enough is enough.

“The new Commission for Countering Extremism will have a key role to play in this fight. It will identify and challenge tolerance of extremism, tackle extremist ideology and promote British values, learning the lessons from the struggle against racism in the 20th century.

“The lead commissioner will head up this vital work and I look forward to working with the successful candidate.”

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