A response to London Bridge terror attack

On Friday, 29th November 2019, the eyes of the world were on London as another tragic terror attack unfolded. This time the victims of the attack included students and educational professionals. This can bring terrorism closer to home for us as learners, teachers and mentors.

Many people believe that terror attacks and terrorism are a fairly new problem. So they can get very concerned about the modern world we live in. The word ‘terrorism’ is actually about 200 years old. It means the use of violence against people or governments to try to get a political or social message across.

However, some historians argue that there is evidence of terrorists and terrorism as far back as 2000 years ago! Last month many of us will have even commemorated a terrorist plot and put the 17th Century terrorist, Guy Fawkes, on our bonfire! Terrorism today is also very rare but it can sometimes feel like it is everywhere because we hear about it on the news. In fact, United Nations statistics show that the chances of being caught in a terrorist attack in the UK are extremely low. Moreover, the chances of have actually dropped steadily since the 1970s. It is understandable though that the threat, however small, can still be frightening. The whole point of terrorism is to strike fear into people.

What should I do if I am affected or worried about terrorism?

The Government have set up a webpage (https://victimsofterrorismcampaign.org.uk/) for anyone who has been a victim of terrorism or has been affected by it. Additionally, there is a telephone hotline (08001689111) for anyone wanting to talk to someone. If you feel depressed or overly anxious you can also call the Samaritans on 116123 or email them on jo@samaritans.org. There is also plenty of support available at tpm. You can speak to your tpm trainer or one of the tpm Mental Health Champions if you are feeling upset or worried.

What can I do to help prevent terrorism?

Everyone has a duty to prevent terrorism. All learners at tpm undertake Prevent training. Part of this training explains how and when it is appropriate to refer concerns about radicalisation or extremism. Learners, staff and clients are also encouraged to refer concerns about learners and colleagues to Prevent officers. tpm expects all staff, learners and clients to demonstrate British Values. British Values are upholding the values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance for those with different beliefs. At tpm we take our Prevent duty very seriously and believe that everyone should be safe and respected.

If you would like to know more about the Prevent programme or how tpm can support you please contact your trainer.