From 1 July 2015 the Prevent duty became law. This is a duty on all education providers to have due regard to preventing people being drawn into terrorism. In order to protect young people, you must be alert to any reason for concern in the young person’s life at home or elsewhere. This includes awareness of the expression of extremist views.
British values are part of a set of four values introduced to help keep young people safe and promote their welfare specifically to counter extremism. The promotion of British values is firmly embedded in the work that you do. According to Ofsted, 'fundamental British values' are:
What is Radicalism?
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.
Radicalism refers to the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism. Protecting young people from the risk of radicalisation is seen as part of our wider safeguarding duties, and is similar in nature to protecting young people from other forms of harm and abuse. During the process of radicalisation it is possible to intervene to prevent vulnerable people being radicalised. There is no single way of identifying an individual who is likely to be susceptible to an extremist ideology. It can happen in many different ways and settings.
Specific background factors may contribute to vulnerability which are often combined with specific influences such as family, friends or online, and with specific needs for which an extremist or terrorist group may appear to provide an answer. The internet and the use of social media in particular has become a major factor in the radicalisation of young people.What is Extremism?
Extremism is 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. We also include in our definition of extremism calls for the death of members of our armed forces, whether in this country or overseas.