EXTREMISM / RADICALISATION AWARENESS
At Walker Riverside Academy we will not tolerate any racist, disability, homophobic or transphobic abuse or bullying. We will actively challenge student, staff or parents' opinions that challenge this.
We work within the statutory framework to address issues around radicalisation and extremist behaviour. All staff have undertaken statutory Prevent training (see the information below for more details). Any concern will be reported to the Local Safeguarding Services and Northumbria Prevent team.
The Government have launched the new website ‘Educate Against Hate’ to provide parents and teachers with expertise they need to challenge radical views and keep our children/students safe.
For advice on extremism and radicalisation, please visit the Parents’ section of the Government’s website ‘Educate Against Hate’ by clicking HERE.
If you have any queries or concerns relating to the extremism or radicalisation of a student attending the Academy and would like to discuss this with a member of our Senior Leadership, please contact the Academy directly.
All schools are subject to a duty (under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015) to have
“due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.
This duty is known as the Prevent duty.
To satisfy our Prevent duty we have put in place the following across Walker Riverside Academy:
Promotion of British Values (see above);
Staff training and updates within staff briefings;
IT policies in place to prevent access to inappropriate material in he Academy;
A broad and balanced curriculum that creates opportunities for debating issues connected to extremism;
Partnership with Newcastle Local Authority Safeguarding Board to ensure our procedures are consistent with child protection policies.
→ Safeguarding policies:
What to do if you are concerned and you are a STUDENT:
If you are worried that you or one of your friends is at risk of being radicalised (radicalisation means people having increasingly extreme political, social, or religious ideals), you need to speak to your teachers immediately. You can also complete our Safeguarding Concerns Form. This could be students:
having conversations with groups or individuals connected to extremism;
looking at extremist materials on the internet;
having conversations around school that make you feel worried that they could be being drawn into dangerous situations or that their ideas are shifting away from what is normal.
What to do if you are concerned and you are a member of STAFF, a PARENT or a member of the PUBLIC:
If a member of staff in the Academy has a concern about a particular student they should follow the Academy normal safeguarding procedures, including discussing with the Academy's designated safeguarding lead (Mr P. Robson), and where deemed necessary, with children’s social care.
You can also contact your local police force or dial 101 (the non-emergency number). They can talk to you in confidence about your concerns and help you gain access to support and advice.
The Department for Education has dedicated a telephone helpline (020 7340 7264) to enable staff and governors to raise concerns relating to extremism directly.
Extra guidance can be found on the government's Educate Against Hate website.
Concerns can also be raised by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that the helpline is not intended for use in emergency situations, such as a child being at immediate risk of harm or a security incident, in which case the normal emergency procedures should be followed.