New advice and social media guidance has been issued to
schools and education providers to help keep them safe
from the risk of radicalisation and extremism. It makes clear
that every teacher should be aware of the risks posed by
the online activity of extremist and terrorist groups and be
vigilant of the signs of radicalisation.
Building resilience of young people and the promotion of
fundamental British values is at the heart of preventing
radicalisation. Promoting fundamental British values will
give students the ability to challenge and resist the
influence of extremist views. We provide safe places in
which they can discuss controversial issues, and be given
the knowledge and confidence to challenge extremist
beliefs and ideologies.
The internet provides entertainment, connectivity and
interaction and they may need to spend a lot of time online
while studying. Social media and messaging sites such as
Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Vine or Whatsapp can be useful tools but do be aware there are powerful
programmes and networks that use these media to reach
out to young people and can communicate extremist
Young people at risk may display extrovert behaviour, start
getting into trouble at school or on the streets and may
start mixing with a new crowd of people. However, this is
not always the case.
Sometimes young people at risk of being radicalised may
become withdrawn or quieter than usual because the
people they are in contact with, have encouraged them not
to draw attention to themselves.
The media provide a view on world affairs. However, this is
often a very simple version of events which are in reality
very complex. Therefore people may not understand the
situation fully or appreciate the dangers involved in the
views of some groups.
Getting help and prevention
If they have any concerns that they or someone they know
may be being influenced by others, encourage them to get
help - talk to someone they can trust.
The Prevent Duty is a legal duty on all schools and
educational providers to have due regard to preventing
students being drawn into terrorism.
Radicalisation is defined as the process by which people
come to support terrorism and extremism and, in some
cases, to then participate in terrorist groups.
Extremism is vocal or active opposition to fundamental
British values, including democracy, the rule of law,
individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of
different faiths and beliefs.
Groups with extremist views include:
Extreme right wing groups such as Combat 18 (C18).
Northern and Southern Ireland related terrorist groups
including the Ulster Defence Association/Ulster Freedom
Fighters and the Real Irish Republican Army.
Al Qa’ida, ISIS (or IS) and terrorist organisations inspired
by violent Islamism.
Extreme animal rights groups such as the Animal
If they have a concern about extremism or radicalisation it
should be reported to a member of staff. This information
will be passed on to the Schools Safeguarding Team and if
appropriate, referred to the local Prevent Officer.
The Prevent strategy involves working constructively with
young people at risk of being radicalised and is not a
criminal process. Early intervention is the key so passing on
concerns at an early stage is really important.
If you are concerned about extremism in a
school or organisation that works with
children, or if you think a child might be at
risk of extremism, contact our helpline
020 7340 7264.
0300 123 1212
Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
020 8661 3904