Radicalisation and Extremism
From 1 July 2015 all schools and registered childcare providers are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.
The London Child Protection Procedures and Practice Guidance can be found here: Safeguarding Children Exposed to Extremist Ideology
Access Prevent training, booking and further details on Workshops to Raise Awareness of Prevent are available here.
For further guidance:
The Prevent duty – Departmental advice for schools and childcare providers June 2015. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/439598/prevent-duty-departmental-advice-v6.pdf
In order to fulfil this legal duty schools must understand what is expected of them. They must be aware of the practical steps that they can take to implement effective safeguarding systems, and must develop a good understanding of the nature of these rapidly evolving issues. Follow the links below for an outline created by Victvs of the key aspects of the duty that school leadership teams need to be aware of.
Understanding the Prevent Duty
Extremism is not a new topic in education, but schools now have a statutory obligation to stay abreast of the latest legislation and developments, and to remain proactive and strategic. LGfL is committed to bringing the latest and best official advice to the attention of its schools through the work of its Safeguarding Board and other expert partners. The London Grid for learning has some good resources too; http://www.lgfl.net/esafety/Pages/counter-extremism.aspx including support with E-safety
This Department for Education resource examines common myths that exist surrounding the Prevent duty in schools and higher education institutions, and counters these myths with the facts. Prevent Mythbusting
How to make a referral
Anyone who is concerned about a young person or adult at risk of extremism or radicalisation may make a referral to the Channel Programme.
Referral for young people up to and including age 18 (up to 25 with learning disability) should be made on a CAF (Common Assessment Framework) to Duty&Assess@harrow.gov.uk.cjsm.net detailing your concerns about the young person and relevant history.
Referrals for people aged 19 and over should be made on the Prevent Referral Form which can be obtained via enquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org
Safeguarding Children from Extremism is not about Spying
Preventing extremism is about safeguarding; it is a safety net and that safety net is stronger if we all play our part. Schools engaging with young people would not hesitate to share a concern if they felt there was the potential risk of a child being sexually exploited, groomed online, bullied, at risk of FGM or was at risk of falling into gun or knife crime. We would share the concern and share the risk following the referrals pathways that already exist and are established in every school with designated child protection or safeguarding leads. Current legislation regarding radicalisation dictates that schools follow exactly the same procedure with a proportionate response. Whilst the risk is rare, it is not one we can ignore. Teachers have the skills to recognise vulnerable individuals and, working with parents, are integral to the success of protecting them from extremism. They can help a young person make a decision to not carry on down a path from which there may be no return.
The we will inspire website has lots of information for schools.
There is a 24 minute film debunking many myths about Islam and ISIS; https://social.shorthand.com/bristol247/ny7uwXa2Z/a-community-fights-back?fb_action_ids=10153516397857577&fb_action_types=og.shares
The DVD is accompanied by facilitator notes and a lesson plan. More details can be found via the school resources link above. There is also two Inspire produced resources have been used by schools to initiate discussion and debate which are short
Another excellent link to resources is http://www.preventforschools.org/
The Lancashire based ‘P4S’ site was originally launched in 2012 by the Pan-Lancashire Prevent for Education Group. Following immensely positive feedback and an unprecedented growth in use by schools across the UK, the site has seen recent revisions to ensure currency. As with the original P4S site, this resource provides a variety of practical materials and broader guidance to support schools with educating and safeguarding pupils against the dangers of radicalisation and violent extremism. There are materials to use in primary/secondary and at F.E. level. Materials can be used in any group setting
The top right hand red buttons are also worth browsing as they contain lots of links to further resources
The Prevent Tragedies website was created because of the increasing concern about the worrying numbers of young people who are putting themselves at risk by travelling to Syria and to help the numbers of families that have been torn apart by fear when their loved ones travel.
The website has contributions from women from communities, charities, public sector organisations and Government departments. They aim to work together to help keep loved ones safe, to try and address the numerous issues and sign up to the resolution to Prevent Tragedies.
Prevent Tragedies want to appeal to family members to share their concerns so they can access the help and support they need to protect their loved ones.
Helping to Prevent Extremism: A Guide to Channel
The Government’s counter- terrorism strategy CONTEST aims to reduce the risk to the UK and its interests from terrorism. The CONTEST strategy is made up of four key areas. One of these areas is Prevent which aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
The Channel Programme is a key element in the Prevent area and aims to stop people being drawn into extremism or radicalisation. Channel is a multi-agency partnership led by the local authority with the police and other services to protect and divert children and adults from being drawn in to committing terrorist-related activity. Channel addresses all forms of extremism.
FAST (Families Against Stress and Trauma)
FAST was established in 2007 and is a UK-based organisation providing support to vulnerable families and individuals. FAST is publicly funded and all our services are totally free of charge. They welcome everyone regardless of ethnicity, background or religion and promise to treat you with respect.
FAST will engage external agencies whenever necessary to match a family’s needs. These can include, but are not limited to, scholars, advisors, the Probation Service, or local council departments, such as housing, employment and health agencies.
“It’s vital that we understand the risks our children face and are able to engage with them in order to have a frank, honest two-way conversation about this complicated subject. The following information will help you understand the issues and how you can help your children if they need it.”
Please click the link below for more information
The government has published new advised in the rare eventuality of a firearm or weapon attack- see here for more information