Preventing Radicalisation

What is radicalisation and extremism?

 Radicalisation refers to the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism leading to terrorism.

Extremism is defined by the Government in the Prevent Strategy (March 2015) 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. Also included in the definition is reference to extremism calls for the death of members of our armed forces, whether in this country or overseas.

 

What are the concerns about radicalisation?

The current threat from terrorism in the United Kingdom includes the exploitation of vulnerable people, including children, to involve them in terrorism or in activity in support of terrorism.

The normalisation of extreme views may also make children and young people vulnerable to future manipulation and exploitation.

 

What are the indicators that may suggest a child is at risk?

  • 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 school
  • evidence of possessing illegal or extremist literature
  • advocating messages similar to illegal organisations or other extremist groups
  • out of character changes in dress, behaviour and peer relationships
  • secretive behaviour
  • online searches or sharing extremist messages or social profiles
  • intolerance of difference, including faith, culture, gender, race or sexuality
  • work or writing that displays extremist themes
  • attempts to impose extremist views or practices on others
  • advocating violence towards others

 The internet provides children and young people with access to a wide-range of content, some of which is harmful. As a school we recognise that extremists use the internet, including social media, to share their messages.

At Fishponds CE Academy we are clear that exploitation and radicalisation should be viewed as a safeguarding concern. We believe that educating our children about radicalisation is really important and we work hard to ensure that every child and family feel part of our Fishponds family. Please see our Values pages for further details on how we do this.

If you have a concern about a child may be at risk of radicalisation then please contact a member of the Safeguarding team at Fishponds. Alternatively, follow the steps outlined in the leaflet from Bristol City Council below.

Designated Safeguarding Lead : Debbie Coker 

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads : Rebecca Goodman / Michelle Cahill.

These people can be contacted via the school office on 01179030491

Please see the public leaflet for more information from Bristol City Council