Anti-terrorism posters in six different languages are set to appear in 1,000 practices across the UK.
The posters – in Arabic, Urdu, Benglai, Somali, English and Welsh – will be displayed in waiting rooms and are designed to combat the ‘growing problem of extremists targeting children’ as part of a campaign by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
They aim to raise awareness of an NSPCC helpline for parents worried their children might be in danger of being radicalised.
The NSPCC said it aimed to reach 6 million people a month with the GP practice scheme, which was prompted by calls from worried parents.
The helpline service will be manned by counsellors trained by Home Office experts to spot the warning signs of radicalisation so they can advise adults who are worried about a child being groomed.
An NSPCC spokesman said: ‘GP surgeries are a feature of all communities and see large numbers of diverse patients from a variety of backgrounds every day.’
They added: ’We have seen a wave of terrorist attacks in recent weeks and months and both parents and children tell us how frightened they are by what is happening. We are here for parents when they need our support and are able to provide them with non-judgemental advice on issues ranging from the wider terrorist threat to the dangers of radicalisation.’
Pulse revealed in 2014 that all practices had to appoint a counter-terrorism lead in order to apply for enhanced services as part of the NHS Standard Contract.
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20 December 2021
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