What is radicalisation?
Radicalisation refers to the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism, there is no single way of identifying an individual who is likely to be susceptible to an extremist ideology.
- They are usually 13 years old or upwards but not always.
- They may have a personality or identity crisis.
- They may have unmet aspirations or have a personal crisis.
- They may have a need for adventure or excitement.
- They may feel that their culture or religion is under threat.
- Individuals may feel socially isolated or suffering depression.
- They may demonstrate criminal behaviour.
- They may be groomed by others who promise them excitement, glory or freedom.
What are the signs?
- Overly sensitive about online viewing.
- Feeling isolated or expressions of “us and them” mentality.
- Becoming more argumentative or domineering in their viewpoint – quick to condemn those who disagree with their opinions.
- Downloading extremism content.
- Social isolation – especially if they had been social previously.
- Abnormal routines or travel patterns.
- Altered appearance.
All the staff and volunteers at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School will have ‘due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’, known as the ‘Prevent Duty’. Any prejudice, discrimination or extremist views, including derogatory language, displayed by pupils, staff, visitors or parents will always be challenged and where appropriate, dealt with.
We encourage pupils to respect the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. ALL staff and volunteers will have a general understanding of how to identify a child who may be at risk of radicalisation and will use professional judgement in identifying children who might be at risk of radicalisation and act accordingly, reporting any concerns directly to a school DSL. DSLs understand when it is appropriate to make a referral on the pupil’s behalf to engage early help and intervention.
The school Online Safety Policy will ensure the safety of children by ensuring they cannot access terrorist and extremist material when using the internet and that suitable filtering software is in place. Furthermore, Pupils will receive regular educational sessions on internet safety and cyber bullying.