All schools are required to follow the Government’s guidance on the ‘Prevent Duty’. This is a document which explains what steps schools need to take in order to ensure that children do not become radicalised and get drawn into terrorist activities.
Staff are required to identify children who are vulnerable to radicalisation and take steps to safeguard these pupils. At Whittington Church of England Primary School we would deal with any concerns in relation to radicalisation in the same way that we deal with other safeguarding matters. Staff report any concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Lead and appropriate action will be taken by the school.
These actions would include:
- Discussing the matter with the pupil and offering support.
- Discussing the matter with parents and putting together a package of support.
- Seeking advice from Social Services.
- Contacting the Police.
Children are most likely to become radicalised through the internet. Because of this we teach our pupils about internet safety. This includes understanding that all material on the internet is not strictly factual, much is opinion and children need to access trusted sites in order to stay safe online.
Staff are trained to identify children who are at risk and this is based on how well we know the children and families who attend our school. If we see a change in behaviour from any of our pupils we will contact parents to discuss the matter in order to draw their attention to it. If it is felt that additional action is required to keep an individual safe, the school would be central in this process.
What can parents do?
Parents play the central role in protecting their children against radicalisation (or any other forms of abuse). Here are some key actions that all parents can take in order to safeguard their children:
- Talk to your children. Discuss what is in the news. Explain that some opinions are wrong and go against your families values.
- Talk about peer pressure and how if someone is trying to get children to do something that they do not feel comfortable doing then they should talk to their parents.
- Be aware of your children’s internet usage. Talk to them about the sites they use, look at the sights together and discuss what content they are viewing. Advise them about how to stay safe online and how certain sights are not factual, they are simply opinion. Talk to your children about navigating the internet safely.
- Have rules about access to the internet. Do not give children unlimited access to the internet. Have a time when all technology is turned off. Do not have mobile phones in bedrooms when children are sleeping.
This is not an exhaustive list. If you are concerned about your child please involve the school so that we can offer support.
The school telephone number is: 01905 354844
The Designated Safeguarding Lead at the school is Mr Richards. The deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Leeming.