You play a crucial role in keeping young people safe from extremism: be aware of your responsibilities and know what action to take.
Students’ resilience to extremist ideology is strengthened by providing a safe space to debate controversial issues and develop their critical-thinking skills and knowledge so they can challenge extremist narratives.
Many teenagers look for answers to questions about identity, faith and belonging, and are in search of adventure and excitement. Extremist groups claim to offer answers, and provide a strong sense of identity to vulnerable young people. Though instances are rare, even young children may be exposed to extremism, both inside and outside the home, or online.
Extremist groups are sophisticated in their use of the internet and social media and this is often how they spread their ideology. This has made young people more susceptible to extremism, whether from Islamists or the far right.
You already help safeguard pupils from drugs, gangs and sexual exploitation. Radicalisation can have a similarly devastating effect on individuals, families and communities. Protecting pupils from the influence of extremist ideas is an important part of your overall safeguarding role.