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Preventing Radicalisation and Extremism

The Merton Safeguarding Children Board has reviewed and updated its guidance on safeguarding children and young people from the harmful messages of violent extremism and terrorism.

This guidance was developed in the context of the Government’s overarching counter-terrorism strategy 'CONTEST' and the 'Prevent Strategy' which was developed in 2011 to respond to the threat of extremist activity; the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 has recently been passed, which places the Prevent Strategy onto a statutory footing.

It has been further informed by the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015, which places the Prevent programme on a statutory footing, Working Together 2015 and by the new inspection frameworks for schools, academies and HE and FE. This guidance has been developed in accordance with the following National and Regional Guidance:

  • Working Together 2015
  • The Revised Prevent Duty: Guidance for England and Wales (July 2015)
  • Keeping Children Safe In Education, Annex A, September 2016
  • The London Child Protection Procedures 5th Edition, Chapter 6

The guidance explains the current Merton structures that are in place for tackling radicalisation and extremism.

  • Radicalisation is defined the process by which people come to support terrorism and extremism and, in some cases, to then participate in terrorist activity.
  • Extremism is defined as 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 the armed forces:

Work is coordinated by the Prevent Multi-Agency Partnership Board, and the 'Channel' process is established which consists of a panel referral process and processes for responding to identified risk and need, and the provision of appropriate support. The Crime and Disorder Partnership (Safer Merton) chaired by the Chief Executive and Borough Police Commander take overall responsibility at partnership level to deliver an appropriate response to support Prevent. Within the council, the Director of Environment and Regeneration leads at Director level for the council and our approach to Prevent is delivered through all departments.

The Director of Children’s Services and the Lead Member for Children’s Services have a range of statutory duties in relation to children’s safeguarding which extend across the Prevent agenda. And the MSCB takes the lead in relation to the safeguarding and well being of children and young people with regard to the Prevent and Channel strategy. There are also specific requirements for schools and further and higher education institutions.

The full guidance is made up of the following sections:

·National guidance and strategies.

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Tel:020 8545 4866
Fax:020 8545 4198

This page was last updated on Tuesday 28 February 2017

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