Addendum to Safeguarding Policy
Extremism and Radicalisation
Ecclesall Kids Club has a legal duty to protect children from the risk of radicalisation and being drawn into extremism. There are many reasons why a child might be vulnerable to radicalisation, including:
- Feeling alienated or alone.
- Seeking a sense of identity or individuality.
- Suffering from mental health issues such as depression.
- A desire for adventure or wanting to be part of a larger cause.
- Associating with others who may hold extremist beliefs.
Signs of radicalisation
Signs that a child might be at risk of radicalisation include:
- Talking about topics / using language that could be considered extremist
- Changes in behaviour, for example becoming withdrawn or aggressive.
- Claiming that terrorist attacks and violence are justified.
- Viewing violent extremist material online.
- Possessing or sharing violent extremist material.
If a member of staff suspects that a child is at risk of becoming radicalised, they will record their concerns in line with procedure the EKC Safeguarding Policy as well as referring their concerns to the Setting Designated Safeguarding Lead .
How we meet the Duty
In order to comply with meeting the duty, Ecclesall Kids Club has taken the following steps:
- All staff have undertaken/ new staff will undertake Prevent Duty Awareness training.
- The club will actively build children’s resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values. This will be delivered in a number of ways including displays for the children to view, a range of activities, challenging behaviours and operating every day in line with our values and ethos, within which British Values are embedded in.
- A Risk Assessment will be created and reviewed at least yearly.
- Information about the Prevent Duty is available for parents. (Leaflets available in Club).