Extremism148 is the vocal or active opposition to our fundamental values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and the mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. This also includes calling for the death of members of the armed forces.
Radicalisation149 refers to the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and extremist ideologies associated with terrorist groups.
Terrorism150 is an action that endangers or causes serious violence to a person/people; causes serious damage to property; or seriously interferes or disrupts an electronic system. The use or threat must be designed to influence the government or to intimidate the public and is made for the purpose of advancing a political, religious or ideological cause
Children who are Vulnerable to Extremism
Since 2010, when the Government published the Prevent Strategy Revised Prevent duty guidance: for England and Wales – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk), there has been an awareness of the specific need to safeguard children, young people and families from violent extremism. There have been several occasions both locally and nationally in which extremist groups have attempted to radicalise vulnerable children to hold extreme views including views justifying political, religious, sexist or racist violence, or to steer them into a rigid and narrow ideology that is intolerant of diversity and leaves them vulnerable to future radicalisation.
North Mead values freedom of speech and the expression of beliefs as fundamental rights underpinning our society’s values. Both children and teachers have the right to speak freely and voice their opinions. However, freedom comes with responsibility and free speech that is designed to manipulate the vulnerable or that leads to violence and harm of others goes against the moral principles in which freedom of speech is valued. Free speech is not an unqualified privilege; it is subject to laws and policies governing equality, human rights, community safety and community cohesion.
The current threat from terrorism in the United Kingdom may include the exploitation of vulnerable people, to involve them in terrorism or in activity in support of terrorism. The normalisation of extreme views may also make children and young people vulnerable to future manipulation and exploitation. North Mead is clear that this exploitation and radicalisation should be viewed as a safeguarding concern.
North Mead seeks to protect children against the messages of all violent extremism including, but not restricted to, those linked to religious ideologies, or to Far Right/Neo Nazi/White Supremacist ideology, Irish Nationalist extremist and Animal Rights movements.
Our local risks to radicalisation are groups within neighbouring areas who may undermine British values.
Our staff have undergone Prevent Awareness Training and understand the steps to follow, via discussions with the Principal, if a referral to the Channel Programme is required