Radicalisation And Extremism

Safefrom Extemism

Advice to parents and carers: Keeping children and young
people safe against radicalisation and extremism 

How social media is used to encourage travel to Syria and Iraq: Briefing note for schools by the DfE 

UK Safer Internet Centre: Online Radicalisation and Extremism information 

Channel Guidance: Protecting vulnerable people from being
drawn into terrorism

The Prevent Duty: Departmental advice for schools and
childcare providers

Prevent Road Map - Kingston contact details for vulnerable children or adults with concerns for radicalisation and extremism.

Practitioners will be able to read here London Borough Tower
Hamlets v B [2016] EWHC 1707 (Fam) (13 July 2016)
 a very interesting judgement regarding the radicalisation of a young woman in London, partially through the Dark Web. There is good learning and very good social work practice. This will  be used in our KRSCP training. The judgement goes on to include a paper on radicalisation, outlining the vulnerability of young women, the dangers of isolation (the young person involved was Home Educated) and the influence of other young people and family members.

Brighton LSCB Serious Case Review - July 2017 regarding the tragic death of two brothers in Syria in 2014.  There is learning about practitioner and community response; working with trauma and risky behaviour and the need for professional curiosity.

Safeguarding and Radicalisation - a research report published August 2017 the report found some links between radicalisation and other types of grooming, such as for CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation). However the vulnerabilities to radicalisation were more complex. There is learning about how the response must be multi agency, that there is a need for staff confidence, and community and family engagement. 

Find out more about both reports in our Kingston and Richmond Safeguarding Children Partnership (KRSCP) summary here.

Training on Prevent - E-learning produced by the Home Office on Prevent can be accessed here

Training on Channel - E-learning produced by the Metropolitan Police Service on Channel can be accessed here.

Terror Attacks

Many children will be upset by recent news of terror attacks. Although such events are hard to discuss with children and young people it is important that parents, carers and professionals address any anxieties they may have as a result of what they have heard or seen. It is important to avoid causing further distress. 

Things to remember:

  • Talk to children using words they understand; give information to younger children a bit at a time
  • Try and encourage children to ask questions
  • Answer questions honestly and simply; talking about it won’t make it worse
  • Accept that some things can’t be "made better" 
  • Show willingness to talk about difficult things and use this as an opportunity to reassure them
  • If children are asking questions, it is a good thing – it shows they trust you and it is better than keeping questions and worries to themselves 
  • Remember that "super parents" or "super teachers" don’t exist. Just do and say what you can
  • Don’t be afraid to show children how you are feeling


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