Prevent / Operation Encompass

 

TACKLING EXTREMISM & RADICALISATION

 

POLICY STATEMENT

 

Benfield School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. Every member of staff recognises that safeguarding against radicalisation and extremism is no different to safeguarding against any other vulnerability in today’s society.  In tackling extremism and radicalisation Benfield staff deploy procedures to protect vulnerable individuals from being radicalised or exposed to extremist views, by identifying who they are and promptly providing them with support.

 

LINKS TO OTHER POLICIES

 

Benfield School’s approach links with other Benfield policies;

  • Child Protection / Safeguarding
  • Equality Policy
  • Anti-bullying Policy
  • Behaviour Management Policy
  • E-Safety Policy

 

Benfield School also adheres to the following guidelines;

  • PREVENT Strategy HM Government
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education DfE 2016
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children HM Government 2013.

 

AIMS AND PRINCIPLES

 

Benfield School’s approach to tackling extremism and radicalisation is intended to provide a framework for dealing with issues relating to vulnerability, radicalisation and exposure to extreme views. We recognise that we are well placed to be able to identify safeguarding issues and this policy clearly sets out how the school will deal with such incidents and identifies how the curriculum and ethos underpins our actions.

 

The objectives are that:

  • All directors/governors, teachers, and supports staff will have an understanding of what radicalisation and extremism is and why we need to be vigilant in school.
  • All directors/governors, teachers and support staff will know what the school policy is on tackling extremism and radicalisation and will follow the policy guidance swiftly when issues arise.
  • All pupils will understand the dangers of radicalisation and exposure to extremist views; building resilience against these and knowing what to do if they experience them.
  • All parents/carers and pupils will know that the school has policies in place to keep pupils safe from harm and that the school regularly reviews its systems to ensure they are appropriate and effective.

 

The main aims of Benfield’s approach are to ensure that staff are fully engaged in being vigilant about radicalisation; that they overcome professional disbelief that such issues will not happen here and ensure that we work alongside other professional bodies and agencies to ensure that our pupils are safe from harm.

 

DEFINTIONS AND INDICATORS

 

Radicalisation is defined as the act or process of making a person more radical or favouring of extreme or fundamental changes in political, economic or social conditions, institutions or habits of the mind.

 

Extremism is defined as the holding of extreme political or religious views.

 

There are a number of behaviours which may indicate a child is at risk of being radicalised or exposed to extreme views. These include;

  • Spending increasing time in the company of other suspected extremists.
  • Changing their style of dress or personal appearance to accord with the group.
  • Day-to-day behaviour becoming increasingly centred on an extremist ideology, group or cause.
  • Loss of interest in other friends and activities not associated with the extremist ideology, group or cause.
  • Possession of materials or symbols associated with an extremist cause.
  • Attempts to recruit others to the group/cause.
  • Communications with others that suggests identification with a group, cause or ideology.
  • Using insulting to derogatory names for another group.
  • Increase in prejudice-related incidents committed by that person – these may include;

-          physical or verbal assault

-          provocative behaviour

-          damage to property

-          derogatory name calling

-          possession of prejudice-related materials

-          prejudice related ridicule or name calling

-          inappropriate forms of address

-          refusal to co-operate

-          attempts to recruit to prejudice-related organisations

-          condoning or supporting violence towards others.

 

 

THE ROLE OF THE CURRICULUM

 

Our curriculum is broad and balanced.  It promotes respect, tolerance and diversity. Students are encouraged to share their views and recognise that they are entitled to have their own different beliefs which should not be used to influence others.

 

Our PSHE provision is embedded across the curriculum, including in morning registration period. It directs our assemblies and underpins the ethos of the school.  It is recognised that students with low aspirations are more vulnerable to radicalisation and therefore we strive to equip our pupils with confidence, self-belief, respect and tolerance as well as setting high standards and expectations for themselves.  Children are regularly taught about how to stay safe when using the internet and are encouraged to recognise that people are not always who they say they are online. They are taught to seek adult help if they are upset or concerned about anything they read or see on the internet.

 

 

STAFF TRAINING

 

Through INSET opportunities in school, we ensure that our staff are fully aware of the threats, risks and vulnerabilities that are linked to radicalisation; are aware of the process of radicalisation and how this might be identified early on and are aware of how we can provide support as a school to ensure that our children are resilient and able to resist involvement in radical or extreme activities.