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Community Relations: Religion

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made in the development of the Continuous Professional Development Programme for Faith Leaders referred to on page 18 of the report, The Prevent Strategy: A Guide for Local Partners in England; when this will be rolled out nationally; and how this project will be funded. (245567)

The Faith Community Development qualification is now available for higher education organisations to deliver. In addition to this, we have contracted the National Institute for Adult Continual Education (NIACE) to run a second round of pilots over the 2008/09 academic year. These pilots are being run in London, Bradford, Sheffield, Manchester, Birmingham and Leicester and will report in spring 2009.

DIUS and CLG jointly funded the development of the qualification and CLG are funding the 2008-09 pilots.