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Madressahs & Supplementary Schools Project
Madressahs and supplementary schools
Madressahs (Islamic schools) and supplementary schools are set up to provide religious,
cultural and linguistic (mother-tongue) learning for children from minority ethnic
- They are generally self-financed, voluntary and independent establishments;
- They are managed, administered and co-ordinated by local groups, including newly arrived communities;
- They operate in mosques, churches, temples, gurdwaras, community centres and occasionally in schools;
- They operate in the evenings after normal school and at weekends.
The setting up these schools is a huge investment by the relevant communities. It
is a sign of their determination to complement their children's education and well-being
as well as to consolidate their identity and preserve their heritage.
There are 60 madressahs and supplementary schools in Kirklees with 8,000 - 10,000
children in their care. It is a growth sector due to the younger profile of some
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Safeguarding children - Guidance for Madressahs and supplementary schools
As part of our efforts to provide information, guidance and practical support for faith and community organisations to enable them to fulfil their legal responsibilities towards the children they teach, we have developed and produced a 48-page working document which:
"The local authority has produced a good guidance document to support this work."
- Provides guidance for safeguarding children and young people who attend madressahs and supplementary schools;
- Promotes the effective behaviour management of pupils; and
- Discusses methods of ensuring the health and safety of staff and pupils.
OFSTED (November 2011)
"The new safeguarding children guide is a much needed tool which will save many children
from abuse and help to guide the communities and mosques in understanding and preventing abuse."
District Judge Marilyn Mornington
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Guidance for the carers of Muslim children
An increasing number of Muslim children and young people are now becoming subject
to child protection plans and looked after by the local authority. 'Guidance for
Carers of Muslim Children' has been developed to provide residential staff and foster
carers with appropriate support so that a consistent delivery of care across Kirklees
could be ensured.
Guidance for the carers of Muslim children evaluation report
Capacity building of staff in mosques and madressahs
In the context of national initiatives to engage with mosques and in consultation
with key local stakeholders, an ambitious capacity building training programme for
mosque leaders and madressah teachers was delivered to strengthen their organisations
and to increase their resilience to potential risks from extremist tendencies. The
aim was to provide further support and skills to trustees, committee members, teachers
and volunteers (male & female) to ensure effective governance, improved links with
public sector organisations, better awareness of health and safety issues, stimulated
teaching and learning in the classrooms and an enjoyable safe experience for children
and young people.
Capacity building of staff in mosques and madressahs evaluation report
e-Safety - safeguarding children on the internet
The project looked at online radicalisation and developed a programme to safeguard
children on the internet. The aim was to focus on online safety and internet literacy,
offering better awareness, building confidence and resilience to challenge extremism.
The success of this work in the community was recognised as an example of good practice
by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). This programme has now been
introduced into mainstream schools to support parents and carers.
e-Safety - safeguarding children on the internet evaluation report
For further information please contact Shakeel Hafez, who is based in the Directorate
for Children & Young People at Civic Centre 1 in Huddersfield. He can be contacted
by e-mail: email@example.com
or by tel: 07980749478 (Mobile Short Code 02351).