Educational institutions and childcare providers in the UK now have responsibilities under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 to identify children and young people who may be at risk of radicalisation and to know what to do if they are identified. Captured under the Prevent Duty, the focus on protecting children and young people from radicalisation is now seen as similar to protecting them from other harms – such as neglect, sexual exploitation, drugs and gangs – and, as such, should be considered as part of the institution’s wider safeguarding duties.
The Prevent Duty Online Training course outlines the key responsibilities under the Prevent Duty and provides awareness training on how to help safeguard individuals from extremism. The course explains what extremism and radicalisation are, and how to identify children and young people who might be vulnerable. It also explores related issues, including freedom of speech.
The online course provides practical suggestions to guide teachers and other employees within schools, colleges, universities and childcare providers if they do identify a vulnerable child or young person. A key element is the importance of services and institutions working together, so that early support can be provided to vulnerable individuals.
The course also explores the role of the Internet in radicalisation, looking at how online information should be critically analysed.