Caldew School recognises its duty to protect all students and is committed to providing a secure environment for students, where they feel safe and are kept safe.
Caldew School is committed to tackling extremism and radicalisation. We recognise that extremism and exposure to extremist material and influences can lead to poor outcomes for students and put them as well as others at risk. Extremism and radicalisation is addressed as a safeguarding concern and we also recognise that if we fail to challenge extremist views we are failing to safeguard out students.
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The Prevent Strategy
- Responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views;
- Provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support; and
- Works with a range of sectors (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health) where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to deal with.
At Caldew School we share common understanding that safeguarding vulnerable people from radicalisation is no different to safeguarding them from other forms of potential harm.
As a result, any concerns about a child’s welfare (including the threat of radicalisation) are recorded and shared with the schools safeguarding team as detailed above.
All Caldew School staff are legally bound by the counter terrorism and security act (2015) to have:
“due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”
Prevent Duty Guidance, HM Government, 2015
Any such referrals made by our school will be assessed by the Prevent team. If it is thought necessary, the Prevent team will make a further referral to the multi-agency Channel team that support across the country to those who may be vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism. the overall aim of the programme is early intervention and diverting people away from the risk they make face.
How does Channel work?
Channel works by partners jointly assessing the nature and extent of the risk and where necessary, providing an appropriate support package tailored to the individual’s needs.
The three key stages of Channel are:
- Identify individuals at risk of being drawn into terrorism;
- Assess the nature and extent of that risk; and
- Develop the most appropriate support plan for the individuals concerned.