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National Guidance

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DfE advice on protecting children from radicalisation

Please click on the link provided to see the Prevent Duty Guidance for England and Wales. The DfE has produced advice in order to help schools and childcare providers understand the implications of the Prevent duty. 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.

It will be of particular interest to safeguarding leads.

Please click on the link provided to access Channel Guidance. Channel is part of the Prevent strategy. The process is a multi-agency approach to identify and provide support to individuals who are at risk of being drawn into terrorism.

The DfE has also produced a guide for schools on how terrorist groups such as ISIL use social media to encourage travel to Syria and Iraq.

Our research findings

  • 100% of students say they spend at least 3 hours a day on the internet and social networking sites.  
  • Over 40% say they spend at least 5 hours a day on them.
  • 60% of students named 'YouTube' as their most trusted and reliable source of information.  They felt formal news channels such as the BBC or the Guardian were more likely to 'lie to us' or be influenced by a political agenda. 
  • Conspiracy theories are rife amongst secondary school students, particularly in relation to the Illuminati and New World Order.
  • Students are eager to discuss political issues, but often do not have the knowledge or understanding to have an informed discussion. 
  • For example, some quotes from the consultation in specific reference to the UK Government include:

                                                                            "They just tell us what they want us to believe"

                                                          "We wouldn't even know where to find information from the government"

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Last updated: 
Wednesday, 6 April, 2016
Last updated: 6 April 2016 by Barry Fong