Petteril Bank Community School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. As a school we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is as important as safeguarding against any other vulnerability.
What is radicalisation?
It is when a person starts to support terrorism or forms of extremism that leads to terrorism.
- They are usually 13 years old or upwards but not always.
- They may have a personality or identify crisis.
- They may have unmet aspirations or have a personal crisis.
- They may have a need for adventure or excitement.
- They may feel that their culture or religion is under threat.
- Individuals may feel socially isolated or suffering depression.
- They may demonstrate criminal behaviour.
- They may be groomed by others who promise them excitement, glory or freedom.
What are the signs?
- Overly sensitive about online viewing.
- Feeling isolated or expressions of "us and them" mentality.
- Becoming more argumentative or domineering in their viewpoint - quick to condemn those who disagree with their opinions.
- Downloading extremism content.
- Social isolation - especially if they had been social previously.
- Abnormal routines or travel patterns.
- Altered appearance.
There is no place for extremist views of any kind in our school, whether from internal sources - pupils, staff, visiting adults, governors or external sources - school community, external agencies or individuals.
Any prejudice, discrimination or extremist views, including derogatory language, displayed by pupils, staff, visitors or parents will always be challenged and where appropriate, dealt with. Where misconduct by a teacher is proven, the matter will be referred to the National College for Teaching and Leadership for their consideration. Misconduct by other staff will be dealt with under normal school disciplinary procedures.
All staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. We believe that children should be given the opportunity to explore diversity and understand Britain as a multi-cultural society; everyone should be treated with respect whatever their race, gender, sexuality, religious belief, special need, or disability. As part of our commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the Government's Prevent Strategy.
All staff have had PREVENT training and are fully aware of the procedures in school. One of our members of staff has also completed the online CHANNEL training. Members of our SLT also attend any Prevent updates/briefings that are offered to us and we adapt and change our procedures in line with up to date advice.