A film exploring extremism and hate crime which was commissioned by the Safer Wolverhampton Partnership (SWP) is now attracting interest nationwide.

Turning Point, developed with funding from the Home Office and the SWP, tells the story of a 16 year old who is approached on social media, and asked to join a right wing group.

The package, which has been created by Tettenhall based film makers Dialogue Media with support from specialist teachers at St Matthias School and Heath Park Academy has been endorsed by West Midlands Police and the Safer Wolverhampton Partnership.

The film features students from the City of Wolverhampton College and was developed and written through discussion with young people. It is now being distributed as part of the national Prevent campaign to tackle extremism with support from the Home Office.

Councillor Paul Sweet, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "This is an important home grown resource which addresses a national issue; it is great to see Wolverhampton leading the way in addressing a really important topic which will have a significant impact on the future lives of our young people."

Councillor Val Gibson, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, added: "This film encourages students and teachers to be more aware of the issues it portrays.

"This is in line with Ofsted expectations to promote British values of tolerance and respect and underlines Wolverhampton's commitment to the national Prevent legislation introduced last year."

All schools and organisations working in Wolverhampton will have free access to the resource pack online as part of the council's commitment to promote tolerance and community cohesion.

For more details about Turning Point, please contact Jeremy Brown on 07732 126105 or visit Type=links;Linkid=7731;Title=Dialogue Media;Target=_blank;.

  • released: Wednesday 2 November, 2016