There has been a significant amount of media coverage on the dangers and threats associated with radicalisation and extremism linked to children and young people. The Government’s counter Terrorism Strategy aims ‘to reduce the risk to the UK and its interests overseas from terrorism, so that people can go about their lives freely and with confidence’. Schools have a crucial role to play in ensuring they contribute to this strategy.
‘schools can help to protect children from extremist and violent views in the same way they do when safeguarding children from drugs, gang violence or alcohol’ – PREVENT Strategy 2011
What is Radicalisation?
This is the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism leading to terrorism.
What is Extremism?
This is the vocal or active opposition to fundamental British Values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.
If you are worried about your child being drawn into any form of radicalisation or extremism, please contact a member of the safeguarding team.