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The PREVENT Strategy

Prevention of extremism & radicalisation

As a school, we recognise that extremism and exposure to extremist materials and influences can lead to poor outcomes for young people.  Our students see school as a safe place where they can explore controversial issues safely, developing balanced and informed views

The current threat from terrorism and extremism in the UK is real and severe and can involve the exploitation of vulnerable people, including children and young people.

Awareness of PREVENT and an understanding of the risks it is intended to address, are both vital to help identify young people whose behaviours suggests they are being drawn into terrorism or extremism.

 

What is PREVENT?

PREVENT is a key part of the Government’s strategy to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.  Early intervention is at the heart of PREVENT in diverting people away from being drawn into terrorist activity.  PREVENT happens before any criminal activity takes place.  It is about recognising, supporting and protecting people who might be susceptible to radicalisation in whatever form that may take e.g. developing and pursuing political and religious beliefs that may harm and endanger others.

Radicalisation: process by which people come to support terrorism and extremism and in some cases, go on to participate in terrorist groups

Extremism: vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths

Warning Signs and Risk Factors

  • Accessing extremist websites, especially those with a social networking element
  • Possessing extremist literature
  • Peer, social , family or faith group rejection
  • International events in areas of conflict and civil unrest having a personal impact on the young person resulting in a noticeable change in behaviour
  • Verbal or written support of terrorist attacks or extremist views
  • Firsthand experience of racial or religious hate crime
  • Extended periods of travel to international locations known to be associated with extremism
  • Evidence of fraudulent identity/use of documents to support this
  • Experience of disadvantage, discrimination or social exclusion
  • History of criminal activity
  • Pending a decision on their immigration/national status
  • Being in contact with extremist recruiters

Help and advice

If you need  help , advice, or perhaps more information about PREVENT, please contact Sharon Young (Deputy Headteacher), Sarah Nicholson (Learning Manager) or Madalaine Benitez (Head of Care) who are based at Brompton Hall School (01723 859121). 

Concerns about suspicious activity or behaviour can be reported to the Confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321. In the case of an immediate threat, always dial 999.