Birchfield Primary School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. As a school we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is no different from safeguarding against any other vulnerability.
The Prevent duty is ‘the duty in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 on specified authorities, in the exercise of their functions, to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.’ (The Prevent duty – Departmental advice for schools and childcare providers June 2015)
At Birchfield, we need to ensure we protect children from the risks of radicalisation and extremism through our safeguarding procedures. We also need to provide a safe environment in which controversial issues can be discussed and build our pupils’ resilience and self-esteem to enable them to challenge extremist views. At Birchfield, we have made all staff aware of our responsibilities under the Prevent duty.
Through our RE and PSHE curriculum and our work on Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development, including fundamental British values, we will enable children to explore a wide range of issues safely.
Members of staff and governors have undergone Prevent Duty online training either through the Local Authority or through GOV.UK Prevent Duty Training.
What is radicalisation?
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
What is extremism?
Extremism is defined as the holding of extreme political or religious views