Statement On Religious Supplementary Schools

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Federation of Muslim Organisations (FMO) statement On Religious Supplementary Schools

The Prime Minister today in his speech to the Conservative party conference spoke about his intention to investigate and close down religious supplementary schools in England that teach intolerance.

The Federation of Muslim Organisations (FMO) is unequivocal in its commitment to the safeguarding of all of our children, in all environments, in the collective pusuit of a tolerant society. It is for this reason that we have a long established safeguarding project spanning two decades which works with local religious supplementary schools to ensure the safety and well-being of children. The success of this project is underpinned by the outstanding relationships built over many years between the community via the FMO, our affiliate institutions and statutory bodies.

We urge the government to follow the collaborative example set by our local partnership in establishing the safeguarding project in mainstreaming our shared values of respect, equality, tolerance and safeguarding in the broadest sense of the term. Furthermore, in light of today’s announcement, we believe that due consultation is required across communities nationally with effective communication and engagement with all relevant stakeholders in a transparent and sensitive manner so that we can truly work together collectively to safeguard future generations. This will also help to avoid any generalisations or misconceptions and will go a long way towards winning the confidence of the community.

We all agree that the safety and protection of our children is absolutely paramount. Only through engagement, with trust and mutual understanding as its foundations, can we successfully realise our shared aim of safeguarding our children.

ENDS

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