Safeguarding Children from Radicalisation and Extremism
In July 2011 HM Government published its CONTEST strategy which is the United Kingdom’s Strategy for Countering Terrorism. The aim of the counter-terrorism strategy is to reduce the risk to the UK and its interests overseas from terrorism, so that people can go about their lives freely and with confidence.
The strategy has four parts; Prevent; Pursue; Protect and Prepare
The aim of the Prevent strategy is to reduce the threat to the UK from terrorism by stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
The ‘Channel’ programme is a key element of the Prevent strategy. It is a programme which focuses on providing support at an early stage to people who are identified as being vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism. The programme uses a multi-agency approach.
NCALT have produced a Channel e learning course which will allow you can recognise the signs of radicalisation and know what to do about it. The eLearning course can be found in this sites eLearning section.
Department for Education – Helpline
The Department for Education has published guidance for schools and colleges. This guidance, together with other useful information can be found in the useful links section on this page.
The Department for education has launched a helpline for anyone who is concerned about extremism in a school or in an organisation that works with children, or if they think a child might be at risk of extremism. The helpline is open Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays) from 9am to 6pm.
The helpline number is: 020 7340 7264
NSPCC Helpline for Parents
Adults worried about children being radicalised and the impact of terrorism can call the NSPCC helpline for advice
The launch of our free, 24-hour service comes after recent terrorist attacks which have highlighted the growing problem of individuals being influenced by extremism.
The NSPCC helpline will provide support to adults who have concerns about children and young people being radicalised or who need advice on how to talk to their children about issues related to terrorism.
More information about the service can be obtained from the link below.
Extreme Dialogue was launched in the UK in July 2016 and is co-funded by the Prevention of and Fight against Crime Programme of the European Union. It aims to reduce the appeal of extremism among young people and offer a positive alternative to the increasing amounts of extremist material and propaganda available on the Internet and social media platforms.
Following on from the UK launch, Extreme Dialogue have developed open-access materials which can be accessed from their website www.extremedialogue.org, as well as their Twitter, Facebook and YouTube channel.
The two UK films and resources feature Adam Deen and Billy McCurrie. Adam Deen was formerly a senior member of the now-banned Islamist extremist organisation, al-Muhajiroun. Billy McCurrie was 12 years old when his father was killed by the IRA. Consumed with anger, Billy joined the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) at 16, and a year later was ordered to kill.
The educational resources encourage an improved understanding of the causes and consequences of violent extremism and radicalisation, in order to build young people’s resilience to extremism and develop their critical thinking skills. The resources are also intended to support teachers (and others working with young people) in confidently, constructively and safely discussing these controversial issues in a safe and open classroom environment and other educational settings. For more information on how our materials support teachers in fulfilling the Prevent duty, see our Prevent guide here. For further advice on delivering the Extreme Dialogue materials, see our Teacher’s Handbook.