COUNTER-terrorism training to spot Jihadists using and working in council services may be rolled out in Inverclyde.

Staff would be trained in identifying and reporting members of the public, school pupils and even council workers who may be at risk of becoming terrorists.

It follows a year of Islamist attacks in the UK last year where 35 civilians were murdered and 610 injured.

The Inverclyde Prevent Strategy is on the agenda at the Policy and Resources Committee next week.

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Prevent is a UK Government counter-terrorism measure designed to support people at risk of joining extremist groups and carrying out terrorist activities.

If implemented, staff will be expected to have a “good understanding” of how to deal with potential terrorists.

The biggest threats Prevent identifies are radical Islam, the extreme right and sectarian groups.

The council will run a series of workshops to ensure frontline staff are trained.

In their working lives, council staff would be asked to report any suspicions to the Prevent Professional Concerns process.

Teachers would have to report any signs of terrorist sympathies among their pupils.

A filtered school internet would be expected to block out “harmful content” that could lure youngsters to radicalisation.

Prevent demands councils do not “provide a platform” for those exuding extreme views, by blocking them from hiring venues, for example.

If the council fails any of these measures, among others, the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 allows the Secretary for State to personally intervene.

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A council spokesman said: “Councils and schools already have a key role in protecting vulnerable people.

“This report asks councillors to consider a wider responsibility for the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism by adopting the ‘prevent’ strategy and guidance.

“It’s priorities include staff training and awareness raising of their duty under the strategy, how to notice, check and share any concerns and to ensure a balanced and proportionate approach.

He added: “The committee will consider the proposals to adopt the ‘prevent’ strategy and, if approved, making the relevant training opportunities available to staff.”