Questions & Answers

Always take action if you are worried.

If you have concerns that one of your pupils is being, or has been, radicalised, you should follow your school’s standard safeguarding procedures. This includes discussing the issue with your school’s designated safeguarding lead.

You can also contact your local police force or dial 101 (the non-emergency police number) or speak to your local authority. You should not be worried that you will get the child into trouble by doing this. If the child has not committed a criminal offence, the police and local authority will discuss your concerns, suggest how they can best protect the child, and help you gain access to all the support and advice you need.

The local authority or police might suggest a referral to the Channel programme. This is a voluntary, confidential programme which aims to safeguard children and adults from being drawn into terrorism. Channel can provide a support plan and specific interventions to protect people at risk, including mentoring support or an ideological or theological intervention. Find out more about Channel here, or call 101 to discuss your concerns. The Department for Education also has a counter-extremism helpline which you can call for advice on 020 7340 7264 or email to counter.extremism@education.gov.uk.

If you think someone is in immediate danger, may be planning to travel to join an extremist group (either alone or as part of a family unit or friendship group), or if you see or hear something that may be terrorist-related, trust your instincts and call 999 or the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.

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