Tackling Extremism

Abbeyfield School is committed to providing a secure environment for students and all staff recognise that safeguarding and creating a safeguarding culture is the responsibility of everyone who works here.

At Abbeyfield, we are aware that young people can be exposed to extremist influences or prejudiced views from an early age which emanate from a variety of sources and media, including via the internet, and at times learners may themselves reflect or display views that may be discriminatory, prejudiced or extremist, including using derogatory language.  Any prejudice, discrimination or extremist views, including derogatory language, displayed by learners or staff will always be challenged and dealt with in line with the relevant policies on student behaviour or staff conduct.

We will strive to eradicate the myths and assumptions that can lead to some young people becoming alienated and disempowered, especially where the narrow approaches young people may experience elsewhere may make it harder for them to challenge or question these radical influences.

We will strive to ensure that our support and approaches will help our students build resilience to extremism and give them a positive sense of identity through the development of critical thinking skills.

Our goal is to build mutual respect and understanding and to promote the use of dialogue not violence as a form of conflict resolution.

We will also work with local partners, families and communities in our efforts to ensure Abbeyfield students understand and embrace our local context and values in challenging extremist views, and to assist in the broadening of young people’s experiences and horizons.

We will help support learners who may be vulnerable to such influences as part of our wider safeguarding responsibilities and where we believe a student is being directly affected by extremist materials or influences we will refer the student through the Channel reporting process for help and support.

The National Prevent Strategy

Abbeyfield supports the Home Office ’4P’ Prevent Strategy to combat radicalisation and terrorism. The 4Ps are:

Protect – to strengthen protection against a terrorist attack in the UK or against its interests overseas and so reduce their vulnerability. This work focuses on border security, the transport system, national infrastructure and public places

Prepare – to mitigate the impact of a terrorist attack where that attack cannot be stopped. This includes work to bring a terrorist attack to an end and to increase the UK’s resilience to facilitate recovery from its aftermath

Pursue – to stop terrorist attacks by detecting, prosecuting and otherwise disrupting those who plot to carry out attacks against the UK or its interests overseas

Prevent – to stop people from becoming or supporting terrorism. This includes countering terrorist ideology and challenging those who promote it; supporting individuals who are especially vulnerable to becoming

Prevent is a strategy that works to prevent the growth of issues that create a climate which facilitates radicalisation to occur, by creating a climate of mutual trust in which young people grow and develop. This climate works against creating circumstances in which young people feel isolated and become vulnerable to exploitation by those who wish to further a radical agenda. The creation of a school that is a secure and safe place based on appreciation and respect for all has always been a stated aim of Abbeyfield School and continues to be so in the school’s clear statement of Equality and related policies and procedures.