Get SMART Project

Get-SMART-logo-195x150ARC England’s Get SMART Project was funded with support from ISD and Google.org

Get SMART (Social Media Awareness and Resilience Training) was an 11-month user-led awareness and training project for people with learning disabilities and/or autism, to help to keep them safe from grooming for extremism via social media.

Our partners in the project were Manchester Metropolitan University and PETROC College.

We created two focus groups to establish the understanding around the issue of grooming for extremism, with groups of students with learning disabilities and/or autism, their parents, family carers and support staff from two colleges, PETROC and Brook Green Centre for Learning.

People from these focus groups were invited to play an active role in the project management as part of the project groups, which in turn helped to develop their skills and self-confidence. They worked together to develop strategies and learning resources to increase protection for people with learning disabilities and/or autism from online exploitation – specifically grooming across the whole spectrum of extremism.

Once the learning resources were produced they were used to pilot two awareness workshops – one aimed at students and the other aimed at family carers and staff. The project learning tools/resources were then shared with our networks in health and social care, housing and education providers, increasing the reach of the project findings.

Manchester Metropolitan University will be undertaking a robust academic evaluation as part of the project which will capture evidence of the impact and importance of this work.

For more information about the project please contact Rod.Landman@arcuk.org.uk 

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