Schools are subject to a specific 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”.
Our school is clear that extremism and radicalisation should be viewed as safeguarding concerns and dealt with accordingly. We value freedom of speech and the expression of beliefs and both pupils/students and adults have the right to speak freely and voice their opinions, but any speech should not be harmful or potentially create hate and hostility towards others. Our ethos is one of mutual respect and understanding the reasons why some may seek to radicalise our young people.
As a school we discourage all forms of radicalisation and hate speech by promoting fundamental British values and enabling all within our community to challenge extremist views.
Support and Advice if you have concerns about radicalisation
If you are concerned a child or young person is being radicalised, you should follow our school’s standard safeguarding procedures. This includes discussing any concerns with the Designated Safeguarding Lead on 020 8856 6525, who will be able to advise further or make referrals to the local authority safeguarding team.
For additional support outside of your school, you can:
- Speak with your Prevent coordinator or local authority school safeguarding team on 020 8854 8888
- Contact your local police force or dial 101 (the non-emergency police number) – If there is an urgent or immediate threat call 999.
- Contacting the authorities won’t get thte young person into trouble if a criminal act hasn’t been committed. The police and local authority will discuss your concerns, suggest how they can best help the child and give you access to relevant support and advice.
- The local authority or police might suggest a referral to the Channel programme. This is a voluntary, confidential programme which aims to safeguard children and adults being drawn into terrorism. Channel can provide a support plan and specific interventions to protect those at risk, including mentoring support or an ideological or theological intervention.
- If you’re not sure what to do about a concern then the Department for Education has a counter-extremism helpline. You can call them for advice on 020 7340 7264 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays).
- If you think someone is in immediate danger, or if you see or hear something that may be terrorist-related, trust your instincts and call 999 or the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.