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 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 (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub). Schools are also able to contact Thames Valley Police via PreventReferrals@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk, but a MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub) referral should also be completed.
Staff at Middleton School have annual Prevent training using the Home Office recommended guidance. They are aware of the signs and who then to pass the information onto within the school.
If you have any Prevent Concerns as a parent/carer please contact the Designated Safeguarding Leads:
Mrs Rachel Roberts / Mrs Tara Trail / Mr Paul Simmonds