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February 2019
News > Society

Warning over government’s Sunday school safeguarding consultation

Warning bells have been sounded over the government’s plans to introduce a ‘voluntary’ safeguarding code of conduct for out of school settings like Sunday schools and church youth groups. Concerns are being raised that the Department of Education is hinting at regulation and the consultation has prompted fears that new controls could be foisted on church clubs. Similar plans were floated in 2015, which included proposals for Ofsted to become in effect the ‘state regulator of religion’. These were dropped after opposition from Christians and others. MP for Monmouth David Davies said: ‘Madrasas radicalising young people is something people would expect the Government to try...

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January 2019
News > Ethics

Government launches ‘safeguarding’ consultation for Sunday schools

The Department for Education has launched an open consultation to write a draft code of practise on safeguarding in out-of-school settings, Premier Christian Radio reports. This will affect various groups like the Scouts, but it will also include any religious settings which offer education in their own faith, such as Sunday schools. The Department for Education is asking for contributions of opinion to try to provide a sector-wide safeguarding framework for all out-of-school settings, saying, ‘While the majority do behave in a safe environment, there are some settings which do not.’ The department said, ‘We are inviting the views of out-of-school settings providers, staff and...

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October 2018
News > International

International – Keralan Christians rebuild after floods

The devastating floods in Kerala have taken more than 160 lives and made nearly 200,000 people from Christian communities homeless, reports have claimed. While the water has receded, making it easier for food and first aid to get through to affected areas, Barnabas Fund partners on the ground have told of complete damage to people’s homes, farms and livelihoods. Reports claim the central Indian government has been turning away offers of aid from other governments, saying that India will handle this crisis on her own. However, local authorities in Kerala say they are not getting enough funds to respond to these catastrophic floods, the worst...

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April 2018
News > Ethics

Ethics – ‘Underground schools’

Children are being indoctrinated and exposed to danger by religious extremists in ‘underground schools’, a report from Ofsted has suggested. The education regulator claimed it had identified more than 350 illegal schools operating outside state schools or registered private schools. According to reports in the Times, Ofsted has issued safeguarding alerts — concerns of abuse or neglect — regarding 50 of them since 2014. However, despite the findings, the Department for Education has been unable to carry out prosecutions. Ofsted said it has also taken books from illegal schools, which claim homosexuality is an ‘abomination’, punishing your wife is ‘lawful’, and blames rapes on the...

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April 2018
News > Society

Society – Islamist extremists and UK charities

British taxpayers have handed over more than £6m to charities which are, or which have been, used by extremists to further their radical agenda. This is among the findings of a report from neo-conservative think-tank the Henry Jackson Society. The report is called Wolves in sheep’s clothing: how Islamist extremists exploit the UK charitable sector. The report’s case studies indicated an approximate £6m has been handed over to individuals, some of whose involvement in extremism can be traced back to the Islamist scene in the early 2000s. The UK’s Charity Commission has been particularly ill-equipped to deal with these organisations, the Henry Jackson Society claims....

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August 2017
News > Politics

Politics – Extremism concerns

The UK Government’s ongoing plans to establish an extremism commission have been met with serious criticism from the head of public policy at the Evangelical Alliance. In a statement, Simon McCrossan commented: ‘Proposals from the government to introduce an extremism commission raise more questions than they answer. The government has tried and failed in recent years to define extremism in a way that tackles terrorism and its causes, without restricting freedom of ideas which may be unpopular or contentious. ‘Violent extremism is a scar on our communities and a threat to our security, but it is not solved by shutting down peaceful freedom of expression’....

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