Extremism and Radicalisation

Protecting children from radicalisation and extremism is a shared responsibility for all professionals and volunteers.​​


Just to reassure you that in these unsettling times the Prevent Team are still available for support and advice should you need us.

Please continue to contact us: prevent@islington.gov.uk

As we know safeguarding young people remains highly important and remote teaching brings with it greater challenges.  Children will increasingly be using social networks to reach out to others and with that there will be an increased risk to fake news and online harms including grooming, radicalisation, exploitation, and bullying. All these issues could impact on their mental health and wellbeing.  This is a time when many young people will be vulnerable and unfortunately, the potential for exploitation will be at its highest.


The UK Safer internet Centre has identified the following online risk categories;

  • Behaviour:  sharing too much information
  • Content: age-inappropriate or unreliable content or fake news
  • Contact: strangers, bullies, groomers or radicalisers can contact children
  • Commercialism and financial exploitation:  hidden costs of advertising in apps, games and websites
  • Extremism and radicalisation

Also be aware of the potential increase of fake/poor quality organisations offering online learning to young people.  Please ensure that parents and young people are clearly directed to the platform/resources you are recommending and that they are aware of the potential for rogue offers.


Finally, please encourage parents to speak with their children about their online activityRemind young people of their digital citizenship responsibilities and to look after themselves and others. Any concerns that they have ensure that parents know who to contact at school.  And, obviously any concerns about radicalisation parents can also come direct to the Prevent team.


Online material promoting terrorism or extremism can be reported anonymously using the Online Tool on the Gov.UK website.


The UK Safer Internet Centre has a Professionals Online Safety Helpline - 0344 381 4772

There are a number of resources to support schools in this area including the following:-

1.The NSPCC has produced some useful guidance ‘Undertaking remote teaching safely’.

2. SWGfl has also provided useful guidance and has a Safe Remote Learning Resource.

3. Google has also produced a hub of resources for teachers: Teach from Home

4.London grid for learning :      https://coronavirus.lgfl.net/safeguardingcounterextremism.lgfl.net

5. Parent Zone are currently offering a free three-month Parent Zone membership to all schools.  Membership gives you access to a wealth of resources you can share with families to help them be more digitally resilient.

The Digital Schools Members’ Area includes free access to an online advice and learning hub for your school’s parents, plus a range of resources for teachers including lesson plans, policy documents, training videos, classroom posters and briefings.

Click here then choose Digital Schools. Click the Add to cart button then complete the membership form.

On the payment screen, you’ll see a box labelled Coupon code, into which you can enter your free three-month membership code: Free219June for Digital Schools.

Below is also a selection of resources available for parents:

1. National Online Safety have produced a series of top tips guides to support remote learning for Parents, Children and Teachers.

2. Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline for different age groups and parents.

3. Childnet has produced a Parent and Carer Toolkit which is a collection of three resources designed to help you talk to your child about their online life, manage boundaries around family internet use and point you in the direction of where to get further help and support.​​




From 1st July 2015 there is now a statutory duty on specified authorities to give “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.   


The duty should be viewed as an extension of the same safeguarding processes that many statutory and charitable sectors already use in order to effectively safeguard children from drugs, gang violence, alcohol abuse, and other forms of harm and crime.  Protecting children from radicalisation and extremism is no different. 


This includes all forms of extremism: from the ideologies of Neo-Nazi groups to the influences of Al-Qaeda and Da-esh.   The grooming of children for the purposes of involvement in violent extremist activity is child abuse and professionals and volunteers working with children and young people should follow their agency, and local area policies and procedures for the safeguarding of children when they have concerns that a child or young person is as at risk of, or is being, exploited in this way.


Additionally, professionals and volunteers working with Children should be mindful that many children are curious, concerned and affected by the issues relating to radicalisation and terrorism.  For example, Childline has carried out more than 260 counselling sessions with children disturbed by the Paris terrorist attacks of last November. 




Risk Thresholds and the Safeguarding Process


Safeguarding leads should familiarise themselves with the new London Councils’ Safeguarding Board Thresholds of Need Matrix which has been designed to support children safeguarding practitioners in understanding the different indicators of need  that may indicate a child is being groomed towards a dangerous ideology.  It is available to download here: http://www.londoncp.co.uk/




Expectations​ for Safeguarding Institutions


Institutions whether statutory or non-statutory should bear in mind the following in relation to the need to safeguarding individuals against radicalisation and extremism.

  • Are staff aware of how to protect individuals from radicalisation?
  • Do your policies and procedures need updating to include the risk of radicalisation?
  • Do you know your local Prevent contact point?

An expected minimum standard for volunteers and staff organisations should ensure key safeguarding individuals staff, with safeguarding responsibilities,  we recommend completing the Channel e learning module  http://course.ncalt.com/Channel_General_Awareness 




The Ofsted Common Inspection Framework


If your institution falls under the Ofsted Common Inspection Framework you should note in addition to the above that you should consider the following questions;

  • Do you effectively promote equality and diversity, tackle bullying and /discrimination?

  • Are Pupils’ able to keep themselves safe from extremism (incl. when using the internet/social media), respect others and contribute to wider society and life in Britain

  • Is your safeguarding guidance up to date? (Sept 2015):

  • Do staff know and understand the indicators and take the appropriate and necessary action in accordance with local procedures and statutory guidance




Parents and Prevent


There have been a lot of requests and questions around what support is available for parents in understanding radicalisation and how to protect their children from harm.  The Islington Safeguarding Children Board have designed a leaflet for parents to help them consider how to keep their children safe from extremism and radicalisation and where to turn if they have problems.  Schools can access this on the panel on the right hand page of this web page. 

Parents can also be directed to;
  • Educate Against Hate http://www.educateagainsthate.com/parents  providing information, links and answers key questions for parents who want to know more about radicalisation, e-safety and answers common questions.



To make a non-urgent referral: All referrals regarding a minor should go through the Children's Services Contact Team on 0207 527 7400