SAFEGUARDING IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY
Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism. Prevent is 1 of the 4 elements of CONTEST, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
Keeping young people safe from radicalisation – information for parents and carers
Many young people are vulnerable to the ideas and leadership offered by radical political groups and extreme religious movements.
What is extremism and radicalisation?
Prevent defines extremism as: “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. We also include in our definition of extremism calls for the death of members of our armed forces”
Radicalisation is defined by the UK Government within this context as “the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and extremist ideologies associated with terrorist groups.”
The Government has identified that schools and colleges are an ideal place for young people to be educated about the risks posed to them by extremist groups. These include far right neo nazi organisations, extremist religious groups and anarchist groups. The PREVENT strategy has been developed to help schools educate and protect their students.
PREVENT strategy is a part of a four strand approach to tackle the threat of terrorism across the UK.
• Protect – This strand deals with protecting our borders through the Border Control Agency and the security of our borders at ports, airports, roads etc and at municipal buildings and centres
• Prepare – This covers the effective response of Local Authority planning teams to deal with terrorist attacks and amend civil plans to ensure the safety of the population
• Pursue – This covers the stopping and disrupting of terrorist acts both was within and beyond the UK. Services involved are the police and security agencies
• Prevent – Protecting and supporting vulnerable members of our communities to reduce the risk of radicalisation
Prevent covers all forms of extremism and not just the threat of Islamic radicalisation.
At BTEA we teach students about the risks of radicalisation through Citizenship, PSHE and assemblies. We encourage students to share their ideas and views about world events and we try to provide facts and information about core British Values.
Factors of Vulnerability
We recognise that young people are often curious and they may be uncertain about their own beliefs and identity, this can make them more vulnerable to the ideas of radical groups.
This is not an exhaustive list, however, these could be factors that make your child more at risk:
• Academically able, underachieving and spending time researching marginal interests
• May have been in trouble with the police or at school
• May have had some involvement with religion but likely to have lapsed
• May have older friends
• Computer literate and technically able, spending a lot of time on social media sites and messaging sites, accessing information from people who are not personally known friends
• Loss, family trauma, divorce
• Mental health issues
• Access to violent games/films/pornography etc
• Victim of domestic violence/abuse
• Poverty and lack of opportunity
Signs of risk
The following may well be changes that cause you concern:
• Change in behaviour
• Withdrawn and change in friendship patterns
• New associations with groups or individuals who are seen as a positive factor
• Change in appearance – hairstyles, clothing, tattoos etc Students becoming withdrawn, reluctant to talk to adults
• Renewed or changed interest in religion, including request for prayer rooms
• Opinions and attitudes that appear sympathetic to radical causes
• Changes in attendance
• Interest in websites that show radicalisation
Response to concerns
Any concerns about radicalisation and/or a change in your child’s behaviour should be shared with staff at Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy
There are systems in place within school and the below staff will be the people who investigate and deal with your concerns.
Phillipa Rouet – Designated Safeguarding Lead – Vice Principal
Guy Gibson – Deputy Safeguarding Lead – Pastoral Lead/Teacher of Mathematics
Paul Baxter – Deputy Safeguarding Lead – Learning & Behaviour Intervention Manager
Mervyn Laxon - Deputy Safeguarding Lead – Director of Learning: Technical
Police should be contacted via 999 if you believe your child is about to leave the country to join Islamic State
If the concern cannot be dealt with by school it will be referred to CHANNEL
The Channel Panel are a multi-agency team who work with vulnerable people in the community to stop them from becoming radicalised:
• Channel panel involves: Police, social care, education, probation, health, housing and other relevant parties
• Interventions are always consensual, if the person refuses to engage with the process then they cannot be compelled to work with services offered
• Student/family will be fully aware of their referral and will be informed of the process