Prevent – radicalisation and extremism information
Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a duty on certain bodies (“specified authorities”) in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.
The Government has defined extremism in the Prevent strategy as: “vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. Also included in the definition are calls for the death of members of our armed forces.
Front-line staff who have contact with with the public should understand what radicalisation means and why people may be vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism as a consequence of it. They need to be aware of what we mean by the term extremism and the relationship between extremism and terrorism.
If a professional has any concerns that a child or young person may be showing signs of having been radicalised this should be referred using normal safeguarding procedures through the MASH hub. Schools are also able to contact Thames Valley Police via mailto:PreventReferrals@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk, but a MASH referral should also be completed.
The Government has developed a training resource which MKSB is delivering – please visit our training page for more information.
Safer MK and MK Council provide a leaflet for Parents and Carers