Preventing Radicalisation Policy
This ‘Preventing Radicalisation Policy’ is part of Little Roo’s commitment to keeping children safe. Over the last few years, global events have led to a degree of instability some communities and there has been a growth of extremist viewpoints, including advocacy of violent extremism.
Safeguarding children from all risks of harm is an important part of the Pre-School’s work and protecting them from extremism is one aspect of that.
Children who attend our Setting have the right to be safe. The Pre-School will challenge derogatory language and behaviour toward others.
The duty to prevent children and young people being radicalised is set out in the following documents.
- Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015)
- Keeping Children Safe in Education (2015)
- Counter Terrorism and Security Act (2015)
- Prevent Duty Guidance (2015)
- Behaviour Policy
- Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy
- Equality Policy
- Staff Code of Conduct
- Whistle-blowing Policy
Extremism is defined in the 2011 Prevent strategy 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, whether in this country of overseas.
Radicalisation refers to the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and extremist ideologies with terrorist groups.
British Values are democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
Roles and Responsibilities
Role of the Manager
It is the role of the Manager is to:
- ensure that the Pre-School and its staff respond to preventing radicalisation on a day-to-day basis,
- ensure that staff conduct is consistent with preventing radicalisation
Role of Designated Safeguarding Officer
It is the role of the designated safeguarding Officer is to:
- ensure that staff understand the issues of radicalisation, are able to recognise the signs of vulnerability or radicalisation and know how to refer their concerns.
- receive safeguarding concerns about children and young people who may be vulnerable to the risk of radicalisation or are showing signs of radicalisation.
- make referrals to appropriate agencies with regard to concerns about radicalisation
- liaise with partners, including the local authority and the police
Role of Staff
It is the role of staff to understand the issues of radicalisation, are able to recognise the signs of vulnerability or radicalisation and know how to refer their concerns.
We are committed to ensuring that our children are offered a broad and balanced curriculum that aims to prepare them for life in modern Britain. We encourage our children to be inquisitive learners who are open to new experiences and are tolerant of others.
The curriculum aims to develop resilience in children in young people so that they feel able to ask questions
The internet provides children and young people with access to a wide range of content, some of which is harmful. Extremists use the internet, including social media, to share the message. The parental controls used in the Pre-School blocks inappropriate contact and extremist content. When such resources are available.
We do not allow the children to access social medial, such as Facebook. Searches and web addresses are monitored by the staff.
Where staff find unblocked extremist contents they must report it to the Manager.
Staff will be given training to help them understand the issues of radicalisation, are able to recognise the signs of vulnerability or radicalisation and know how to refer their concerns. Staff are updated as necessary in staff meetings.
We make sure that Little Roo’s is a safe space for children to ask questions and tackle difficult or sensitive issues. We will ensure our staff are confident about facilitating these discussions.
We ensure that the staff we appoint to the Pre-School are suitable, our recruitment procedures are rigorous . Vetting and barring checks are undertaken.
Signs of Vulnerability
There are no known definitive indications that a young person is vulnerable to radicalisation, but there are number of signs that together increase the risk.
Signs of vulnerability include:
- being in possession of extremist literature
- social exclusion
- traumatic events
- global or national events
- religious conversion
- change in behaviour
- extremist influences
- conflict with family over lifestyle
- confused identify
- victim or witness to race or hate crimes
- rejection by peers, family, social groups or faith
Early indicators of radicalisation or extremism may include:
- showing sympathy for extremist causes
- glorifying violence, especially to other faiths or cultures
- making remarks or comments about being at extremist events or rallies outside Pre-School.
- evidence of possessing illegal or extremist literature
- advocating messages similar to illegal organisation or other extremist groups
- out of character changes in dress, behaviour and peer relationships (but there are also very powerful narratives, programmes and networks that young people can come across online so involvement with particular groups may not be apparent.)
- secretive behaviour
- online searches or sharing extremist messages or social profiles
- intolerance of difference, including faith, culture, gender, race or sexuality
- graffiti, art work or writing that displays extremist themes
- attempts to impose extremist views or practices on others
- verbalising anti-Western or anti-British views
- advocating violence towards others
Staff must refer all concerns about children and young people who show signs of vulnerability or of radicalisation must be passed to the Designated Safeguarding officer using the usual methods for reporting other safeguarding concerns.
When there are significant concerns about a child, the Designated Safeguarding officer in liaison with the Manager will make a referral to the appropriate body.