School girls groomed by IS

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2015
Reference: 
2015/0892
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Given the MPS has had to apologise for the handling of the case of the three east London girls who have run away to Syria after being groomed by IS, what work are you doing to better engage with the Muslim community, specifically with parents of children at risk of such grooming?

Answer

Answer for School girls groomed by IS

Answer for School girls groomed by IS

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have made several public interventions on the importance of our shared responsibility - police, schools, families - to tackle this matter.

In March I held a private roundtable meeting with sixteen Muslim community leaders at which we discussed how to approach the radicalisation issue and suggestions on what language to use as we try to combat it.

The MPS has also organised a Community Conference on 28 March focusing on how relationships can be improved.  The increasing numbers of families contacting the Police over their concerns about grooming is evidence that their efforts are being rewarded.

The MPS is continually striving to help the parents of children who may be at risk of travelling to Syria to join with the Islamic State and other groups. In such cases the families of the children are engaged with and supported according to their needs and based upon the circumstances and degree of preparation to travel of the child. The response is suitably escalated if it is discovered that the child has already travelled but the degree of commitment to their safety and wellbeing remains the same.

The national 'Prevent Tragedies' campaign (www.prevent tragedies.co.uk) has had extensive coverage in London.