The Department for Education’s (DfE's) ‘Prevent’ duty states that we must “safeguard children and young people in England from extremists and extremist views in school and in out of school hours learning, and stop young people from becoming radicalised or acting on extreme views.'
- school leaders, school staff and governing bodies in all local-authority-maintained schools, academies and free schools;
- proprietors, governors and staff in all independent schools;
- proprietors, managers and staff in childcare settings.
It will be of particular interest to safeguarding leads.
Appropriate Filtering and Monitoring for Education settings
The Revised Prevent Duty guidance for schools and education settings, issued in 2015 refers to 'appropriate levels of filtering and monitoring' online content. We have put together two guidance documents for education settings and filtering providers around what appropriate filtering and monitoring means. Logged-in users can download them below. Institutions are also recommended to contact the Community Safety Team on 0208 496 3000 for further guidance and support around specific cases or queries relating to IT filtering and policy updates.
Online training - CHANNEL
There is an online training module, which would be useful for Early Years practitioners to run through, which provides information on the referral and intervention programme that the Local Authority utilises for cases of extremism and radicalisation, which is called CHANNEL. It will outline the duties and responsibilities that practitioners have in this safeguarding process.
By completing the module, it should enable you to:
- Explain how CHANNEL links to the government's national counter-terrorism strategy (CONTEST)
- Describe the CHANNEL process and its purpose
- Identify factors that can make people vulnerable to extremism and radicalisation
- Define safeguarding and risk ownership of the CHANNEL process
Completion of the course can also be verified through the printing of a certificate, available once all sections have been completed.
Online training - Prevent
Prevent e-learning training from the Home Office is now available. This resource is aimed at those with responsibilities under the Prevent duty, particularly front line staff, and is designed to help raise awareness of radicalisation. It will help staff to identify the signs that someone may be at risk and where to go for support. This is introductory training. It provides a foundation on which to develop further knowledge around the risks of radicalisation.
For further information about institutional, curricular and individual support around the safeguarding against radicalisation, extremism, social exclusion and online safety, please refer to the Digital Resilience resource page. Materials have been developed to support educational practitioners at all levels, from senior leadership and safeguarding leads to classroom teachers and support staff.
|For further information on the London Borough of Waltham Forest's wider provision for Prevent-related work, please explore the new dedicated section on the Local Authority website.|
For further information, you can email or phone the Citizenship and Cohesion Advisor Sean Thomson on 020 8496 3447.
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