Anti Radicalisation: PREVENT
“The way we educate our young people shapes the society we will live in. British schools have long been dedicated to encouraging students to think for themselves and to think about others, a blend of critical thinking and empathy that is the best inoculation against radicalism and extremism.”
Russell Hobby NAHT General secretary 06/11
In March 2015 new statutory duties were placed on schools by the ‘Counter Terrorism and Security Act’ (2015) which means we must work to prevent children being drawn into extremism. Safeguarding children from all risks of harm is an important part of a school’s work and protecting them from extremism is one aspect of that.
As a school we believe that our children should be given the opportunity to explore diversity and understand Britain as a multi cultural society. Providing a safe learning environment in which children can raise controversial questions and concerns without fear of reprimand or ridicule and explore boundaries of what’s acceptable engenders an open attitude to multi cultural and race issues. Our teaching is based on the principle that we should treat everyone with respect whatever their race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, special need or disability. We aim to enable our teachers to engage children in promoting a positive attitude to others with a focus on shared values whilst developing a high regard for themselves. By building self esteem children are encouraged to stand firm and be positive about others and not influenced by negative peer pressure.
What is PREVENT?
PREVENT is a key part of the Government’s strategy to prevent extremism and radicalisation. Early intervention is at the heart of PREVENT in diverting people away from being drawn into terrorist activity. PREVENT happens before any criminal activity takes place – it is about recognising, supporting and protecting people who might be susceptible to radicalisation in whatever form that may take e.g. developing and pursuing political and religious beliefs that may harm and endanger others.
Awareness of PREVENT, and an understanding of the risks it is intended to address, is vital to help identify young people whose behaviours suggests they may be drawn into terrorism or extremism.
- Radicalisation: process by which people come to support terrorism and extremism and in some cases, go on to participate in terrorist groups
- Extremism: vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths
Warning Signs and Risk Factors
- Accessing extremist websites, especially those with a social networking element
- Possessing extremist literature
- Peer, social , family or faith group rejection
- International events in areas of conflict and civil unrest having a personal impact on the young person resulting in a noticeable change in behaviour
- Verbal or written support of terrorist attacks or extremist views
- Firsthand experience of racial or religious hate crime
- Extended periods of travel to international locations known to be associated with extremism
- Evidence of fraudulent identity/use of documents to support this
- Experience of disadvantage, discrimination or social exclusion
- History of criminal activity
- Pending a decision on their immigration/national status
- Being in contact with extremist recruiters
Help and advice
If you need help or advice about PREVENT, please contact Headteacher Christine Meekley or Deputy Head Tracey Vallance. Concerns about suspicious activity or behaviour can be reported to the Confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321. In the case of an immediate threat, always dial 999.