Preventing Extremism and Radicalisation Safeguarding Policy
St Mary’s Catholic College is committed to providing a secure environment for pupils, where children feel safe and are kept safe. All adults in our school recognise that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility irrespective of the role they undertake or whether their role has direct contact or responsibility for children or not.
This policy is one element within our overall school arrangements to Safeguard and Promote the Welfare of all Children in line with our statutory duties set out at s175 of the Education Act 2002 (s157 of the Education Act 2002.)
School Ethos and Practice
When operating this policy we use the following accepted Governmental definition of extremism which 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; and/or calls for the death of members of our armed forces, whether in this country or overseas’.
The full Government Prevent Strategy can be viewed at:
As a school we recognise that extremism and exposure to extremist materials and influences can lead to poor outcomes for children and so should be addressed as a safeguarding concern as set out in this policy. We also recognise that if we fail to challenge extremist views, we are failing to protect our pupils.
We therefore will provide a broad and balanced curriculums, delivered by skilled professionals, so that our pupils are enriched, understand and become tolerant of difference and diversity and also to ensure that they thrive, feel valued and not marginalized.
We are also aware that young people can be exposed to extremist influences or prejudiced views from an early age which emanate from a variety of sources and media, including via the internet, and at times pupils may themselves reflect or display views that may be discriminatory, prejudiced or extremist, including using derogatory language. Any prejudice, discrimination or extremist views, including derogatory language, displayed by pupils or staff will always be challenged and where appropriate dealt with in line with our Behaviour and Discipline Policy for pupils and the Code of Conduct for staff.
As part of wider safeguarding responsibilities school staff will be alert to:
Disclosures by pupils of their exposure to the extremist actions, views or materials of others outside of school, such as in their homes or community group especially where pupils have not actively sought these out.
At our school we will promote the values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs. We will teach and encourage pupils to respect one another and to respect and tolerate difference, especially those of a different faith or no faith. It is indeed our most fundamental responsibility to keep our pupils safe and prepare them for life in modern multi-cultural Britain and globally.
Our school will closely follow any locally agreed procedure as set out by the Local Authority and/or our Safeguarding Children Board’s agreed processes and criteria for safeguarding individuals vulnerable to extremism and radicalisation.
When a member of staff has concerns about a child they must report this to the Safeguarding lead, Margaret Stewart. In the event that concerns are about a person becoming radicalised consideration will be given to using the Channel process. Checking with the safeguarding lead will utilise existing internal safeguarding processes.
Channel is a bespoke panel which meets to address issues of individuals who have been identified as being at risk of radicalisation but have not committed any terrorism offence.
The Channel Panel meets when a referral has been made and there are significant safeguarding risks which require support. In the latter case, completion of the MARF (Multi Agency Referral Form) is required.
Referrals can be made by anyone and advice can be sought from the Channel Police Practitioner at any stage i.e. at the initial noting of concerns, during the information gathering process when the safeguarding lead has been informed and where it is deemed that concerns remain.
To report a concern:
Please refer to our Child Protection Policy for the full procedural framework on our Child Protection duties.
Staff at our school will be alert to the fact that whilst Extremism and Radicalisation is broadly a safeguarding issue there may be some instances where a child or children may be at direct risk of harm or neglect. For example; this could be due to a child displaying risky behaviours in terms of the activities they are involved in or the groups they are associated with or staff may be aware of information about a child’s family that may equally place a child at risk of harm. (These examples are for illustration and are not definitive or exhaustive) Therefore all adults working at our school (including visiting staff, volunteers’ contractors, and students on placement) are required to report instances where they believe a child may be at risk of harm or neglect to the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Headteacher.
Role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is: Margaret Stewart (Deputy Head)
The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is: Paul McColgan (Assistant Head)
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is the focus person for school staff, and others, who may have concerns about an individual child’s safety or well-being and is the first point of contact for external agencies. The role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead will include the responsibilities of the PREVENT duty.
The Prevent Duty is included as part of Level 1 and 2 LA Safeguarding Training
Role of Governing Body
The Governing Body of our School will undertake appropriate training to ensure that they are clear about their role and the parameters of their responsibilities as Governors, including their statutory safeguarding duties.
The Governing Body of our school will support the ethos and values of our school and will support the school in tackling extremism and radicalisation.
Governors will review this policy regularly (every two years) and may amend and adopt it outside of this timeframe in accordance with any new legislation or guidance or in response to any quality assurance recommendations pertaining to the delivery of this policy and the overall safeguarding arrangements made.
Whole school in-service training on Safeguarding and Child Protection will be organised for
staff and governors at least every three years and will comply with the prevailing arrangements agreed by the Local Authority and the Safeguarding Children Board and will, in part, include training on extremism and radicalisation and its safeguarding implications.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead will attend training courses as necessary and the appropriate inter-agency training organised by the Safeguarding Children Board at least every two years, again this will include training on extremism and radicalisation and its safeguarding implications. Attention is also drawn to the free NCALT Channel/Prevent General Awareness E-Learning Module by clicking on the link below: