Response requested to home office survey about Security at places of worship

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We have been asked by the Home Office to forward this request for support.

As you may already be aware, following the horrific terrorist attacks on a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, the then Home Secretary announced a range of projects to strengthen the safety of faith communities, including a new faith security training scheme, and uplifting the funding for the Places of Worship Protective Security Funding Scheme to £3.2 million in 2020/21.

The Home Office understands that there is an important balance to be struck between worshipping openly and without fear and having security measure to protect worshippers. They are launching a research exercise to better support faith institutions to be a safe and welcoming place for worship and are asking for views and opinions on safety, security and counter terrorism within faith institutions.

The link to the survey is https://www.plus4.co.uk/faith-governmentsurvey.

We would appreciate your help in circulating the survey to relevant faith contacts. The survey will be closed to responses at the end of February.

Prior knowledge of security is not required but respondents do need to be able to answer on behalf of their faith organisation i.e. be a Faith Leader, Trustee, or other senior decision-maker for the organisation.

Thank you.

In the meantime if you have any concerns or questions feel free to get in touch via the links below.

SAFE Programme

Community Security Trust

enquiries@safe.cst.org.uk

safe.cst.org.uk

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