Protecting children from extremism and radicalisation
January 26, 2016
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan recently announced the launch of a new website – Educate Against Hate – which provides practical advice for parents, teachers and school leaders that will help to protect children from a “spell of twisted ideologies”. The website was created in response to calls from parents and teachers for more information and advice about spotting signs of radicalisation and where they can turn to for further support.
Making the announcement at Bethnal Green Academy in East London, Nicky Morgan also addressed headteachers and parents about further measures the government will undertake to prevent radicalisation of young people, including:
a significant escalation of Ofsted investigations into unregistered, illegal independent schools;
Preventing extremism and radicalisation in schools is essentially a safeguarding issue which schools should account for in their existing policies. Statutory guidance from the Department for Education – Keeping Children Safe in Education – is a key document for schools when drawing up safeguarding policies and procedures. It is essential for school staff to get to grips with Part One of the document to understand their responsibilities for helping to protect young people.