The Counter Terrorism and Security Bill, places a duty on specified authorities to have due regard, in the exercise of its functions to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. Preventing people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism also requires challenge to extremist ideas where they are used to legitimise terrorism and are shared by terrorist groups.
The Prevent strategy, is part of the UK Governments overall counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST.
CONTEST has four main objectives:
Pursue – To stop terrorist attacks
Prepare – Where an attack cannot be stopped, to mitigate its impact
Protect – To strengthen overall protection against terrorist attacks
Prevent – To stop people becoming terrorists or supporting violent extremists
(More details with regards to the PREVENT strategy can be found in the document attached below)
At St Elizabeth’s Catholic Primary School, governors and Senior Leaders will, when necessary make an assessment on the risk of any pupils being drawn into terrorism, including support for the extremist ideas that are part of terrorist ideology. This will be based on an understanding, shared with partners, of the potential risk in the local area.
We are able to demonstrate that we protect our children and young people from being drawn into terrorism by having robust safeguarding policies in place to identify children at risk, and intervening as appropriate (by referring pupils to Channel or Children’s Social Care, for example). Our policies have clear protocols for ensuring that any visiting speakers are suitable and appropriately supervised within school.
At St Elizabeth’s Catholic Primary School we ensure that fundamental British values are promoted in the delivery of the curriculum and extra-curricular activities and reflected in the general conduct of the school.
St Elizabeth’s Catholic Primary School works in partnership with our Network schools to ensure that safeguarding arrangements take into account the procedures and practice of the local authority as part of the inter-agency safeguarding procedures set up by the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB). Our school’s Child Protection policy describes procedures which are in accordance with government guidance and refer to locally agreed inter-agency procedures put in place by the LSCB.
We ensure that governors and staff have opportunities to receive the necessary training that gives them the knowledge and confidence to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism and challenge extremist ideas which can be used to legitimise terrorism and are shared by terrorist groups. This includes training upon where and how to refer children and young people for further help.
We have delivered staff Prevent Awareness Training and have participated in joint British Values training organised in within our cluster schools partnership.
We will look at developing opportunities to engage parents and our local community in WRAP sessions (Workshop to Raise Awareness about Prevent).
We are acutely aware of how the internet can be used to radicalise young people and our E-safety policies and procedures reflect this. We use appropriate levels of filtering to try to ensure that our children are safe from terrorist and extremist material when accessing the internet in school.
Monitoring and Enforcement
We have made every effort to implement Prevent awareness and British Values into our day to day school safeguarding duties and the curriculum. We are aware that all publicly-funded schools are inspected by the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) and are subject to intervention if they fail to provide a satisfactory education.
Where failure is very severe the governing body can be replaced or they can be closed. When assessing the effectiveness of schools, Ofsted inspectors already have regard to the school’s approach to keeping pupils safe from the risk of radicalisation and extremism, and to procedures when it is suspected that pupils are being drawn into extremism or terrorist-related activity.
Early education funding regulations have been amended to ensure that providers who fail to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs do not receive funding.
Ofsted’s current inspection framework for early years provision reflects the requirements in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.
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SAFEGUARDING VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS
Safeguarding vulnerable people from radicalisation is no different from safeguarding them from other forms of harm. The following are indicators which may suggest a person is vulnerable to extremist influences or radicalisation. It is NOT an exhaustive list and is NOT a checklist
- Viewing extreme material online when not for educational purposes
- Communicating with extreme groups or individuals
- Seeking to recruit others to an extremist ideology
- Voicing opinions drawn from extremist ideologies and narratives
- Use of extremist or ‘hate’ terms to exclude others or to promote violence
- Possession of violent extremist literature or advocating violent actions
- Graffiti, symbols, writing or art work promoting extremist messages or images
- Lack of understanding of religious or political views
- Becoming secretive, withdrawn or increasingly isolated
- Appearance drastically changing
- Parental concerns re behavioural changes or changes in friendship and social groups
- New addictions or new obsessions
- Suffering bereavement or loss
- Struggling to form healthy relationships
Coventry as a City and partnership has been supporting vulnerable individuals through Prevent for several years. Since 2009, we have had a multi-agency group called ‘Channel’ providing tailor made interventions to support vulnerable individuals and to challenge the extremist ideology. Channel is totally integrated into the city wide Common Assessment Framework. As from Autumn 2015 Coventry will also have a specific Prevent Co-ordinator – Geoff Thomas, funded by the Government and based within the Community Safety Team who will be able to advise and assist with any individual cases which we may refer.
Any concerns can be reported to the Safeguarding Officers, Prevent Leads or Governors at St Elizabeth’s Catholic Primary School by contacting the school on 02476 687527 and asking for any of the below named persons or via the school email firstname.lastname@example.org
DESIGNATED CHILD PROTECTION OFFICER
Mrs Julie Miles (Inclusion Manager/SENCO/Acting Assistant Head)
DEPUTY DESIGNATED CHILD PROTECTION OFFICERS
Mrs Beth Jackson (Senior Learning Mentor)
Mr Peter Burke (Head Teacher)
NOMINATED GOVERNOR FOR CHILD PROTECTION
Ms Ann Harkin (School Governor)
WEST MIDLANDS COUNTER TERRORISM UNIT
Concerns can also be reported directly to the police who have specially trained Prevent Officers. Prevent Officers are members of the West Midlands Counter Terrorist Unit and are dedicated to working on the PREVENT strand of CONTEST strategy. Prevent Officers are uniformed officers who are based at Coventry Central Police Station and have built close links with the community, partner agencies and the local policing teams. They have excellent experience of understanding vulnerabilities and providing support and advice to individuals and communities.
To make a referral or for any Prevent related advice please contact the Coventry Prevent Officers:
Police Sergeant Jas BAGHRIA
Tel: 07825 112 417
Police Constable Harry PADAM
Tel: 07500 992 124