New role for DBS in checking extremist activity

The counter-extremism strategy recently announced by the Prime Minister includes strengthening the role of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), to ensure anyone with a conviction or civil order for terrorist or extremist activity is automatically banned from working with children and vulnerable people.

Government news release on the counter-extremism strategy – the above is the extent of the information given on the DBS move.

Civil Society News reports on another aspect of the strategy under the heading ‘Government announces £5m fund to help charities counter extremism‘. The five million pounds fund is “for charities and community organisations willing to form part of a counter-extremism drive”, with practical measures to support community groups which are working to combat extremism. For example, social media training, technical assistance to set up a charity website and funding for specific projects. The Muslim Council of Britain has expressed concerns about the overall strategy.