It is essential that staff are aware and can identify students that may be vulnerable to radicalisation and know what to once they have been identified.
Protecting children from the risk of radicalisation should be seen as part of schools’ and childcare providers’ wider safeguarding duties, and is similar in nature to protecting children from other harms (e.g. drugs, gangs, neglect, sexual exploitation), whether these come from within their family or are the product of outside influences.
The general risks affecting children and young people may vary from area to area, and according to their age. Local Guardians are in an important position to identify risks within a given local context.
It is important that WHG understand these risks so that we can respond in an appropriate and proportionate way. At the same time WHG should be aware of the increased risk of online radicalisation.
If a member of staff has a concern about a particular pupil they should discuss this with the DSL, and where deemed necessary by a Partner, with children’s social care.
In Prevent priority areas, the local authority will have a Prevent lead who can also provide support. WHG may also contact the local police force. This is to gain professional advice if needed.