From 1 July 2015 all schools, are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. All staff are responsible for acting in accordance with responsibilities detailed within this policy to comply with the Prevent Duty.
Marginalisation and isolation at primary school
At the primary school age, risks are likely to occur if children become marginalised and/ or isolated perhaps by special educational need; significant family trauma; English not being the first language and significant deprivation. Protecting children from the risk of radicalisation should be seen as part of schools’ wider safeguarding duties.
Radicalisation refers to the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and extremist ideologies associated with any terrorist groups e.g. Far Right, Far Left, Environmental, Animal Rights, Nationalist (IRA), Al Qaeda.
Staff with any well-being or safeguarding concern about a child must email within the same working day: firstname.lastname@example.org This would include concerns relating to vulnerable to isolation, marginalisation and therefore potential radicalisation. Remain vigilant and challenge any inappropriate comments or material shared by any member of the school community – staff, child, parent, volunteer, governor (i.e. electronic, verbal, hardcopy – this is not an exhaustive list).
Extremism is defined in the 2011 Prevent strategy as vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values.
Democracy; the rule of law; individual liberty; mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.
Chesswood Bright Sparks
The ‘Bright Spark’ code, is the foundation of the school ethos, which can, and does, have the capacity to ensure the Chesswood community is robust, confident and inclusive. All staff must actively promote the ‘Bright Sparks’ community code as part of normal daily practice.
It couldn’t happen here – yes it could!
Chesswood is a large diverse school community (language (29 spoken), ethnic (12 different groups) and religion (All major faiths recorded)). There are 14% (72 children) with a special education need – (the majority of whom experience or have experienced notable deprivation). There are in excess of 100 children who have or are experiencing deprivation. Without a coherent school ethos and curriculum actively supported by all employees there would be a very high risk of children being marginalised and isolated.
Spot the signs
Underachievement; being in possession of extremist literature; poverty; 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.
Local links and events to terrorism
IRA Bombing (Brighton) 1984 (Bognor) 1994; Operation Crevice 2004 – 2007; Somalian arrests, Worthing, 2012; Bognor Far Right; Jihadist Extremism – joining ISIS – brides, fighting and sympathy. It is assessed that currently, the greatest risk to United Kingdom residents and interests comes from Jihadist ideology that is driving conflict in the Middle East. Within Sussex there is also evidence of Extreme right wing activity. Legitimate campaign issues including animal rights, ecological concerns, antigovernment
To see the latest Chesswood Prevent Policy click here