Keeping our Children safe in the community and online for Parents

We would like to provide our parents with information that will help to keep our children safe in and around the community. The following tabs provide information from various sites or documents with key fact, helplines and support.

The Prevent Strategy

What is the Prevent strategy?

Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including political and religious extremism.

How does the Prevent strategy apply to schools?

All schools (as well as other organisations) have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. This means schools have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views, in the same way we protect them from drugs or gang violence.

Importantly, schools can provide a safe place for pupils to discuss these issues so that they better understand how to protect themselves.

What does this mean in practice?

Different schools will carry out the Prevent duty in different ways, depending on the age of the children and the needs of the community. Many of the things we already do in school to help children become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the Prevent strategy.

At Youth Challenge we help and support our pupils and provide them with the knowledge they need by:

  • Exploring other cultures and religions and promoting diversity through our SMSC programme
  • Challenging prejudices and racist comments
  • Developing critical thinking skills and a strong, positive self-identity
  • Promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, as well as British values such as democracy
  • Protecting children from the risk of radicalisation, such as using filters on the internet or vetting visitors who come into school

Frequently Asked Questions

How does Prevent relate to British values?

Schools have been required to promote British values since 2014, and this will continue to be part of the response to the Prevent strategy.

British values include:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty and mutual respect
  • Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

Isn’t my child too young to learn about extremism?

The Prevent strategy is not just about discussing extremism itself, which may not be appropriate for younger children. It is also about teaching children values such as tolerance and mutual respect.

Schools should make sure any discussions are suitable for the age and maturity of the children involved.

Is extremism really a risk in our area?

Extremism can take many forms, including political, religious and ideological extremism. Some of these may be a bigger threat in our area than others.

The intention is to give children the skills to protect them from any extremist views they may encounter, now or later in their lives.

KEY TERMS

Extremism – vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values such as democracy, the rule of law and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

Ideology – a set of beliefs

Terrorism – an action that endangers or causes serious violence to a person/people, causes serious damage to property, or seriously interferes or disrupts an electronic system, and is intended to advance a political, religious or ideological cause

Radicalisation – the process by which a person comes to support extremism and terrorism

Where to go for more information

Contact the us at school

If you have any questions or concerns about the Prevent strategy and what it means for your child, please do not hesitate to contact the school on 01204 333872.

 

See our policies

Safeguarding Policy revised January 19

External sources

The following sources may also be useful for further information:

Revised prevent duty guidance for England and Wales, HM Government (Adobe pdf file)
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/445977/3799_Revised_Prevent_Duty_Guidance__England_Wales_V2-Interactive.pdf

The Prevent duty: advice for schools and childcare providers, GOV.UK – DfE (Adobe pdf file)
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/439598/prevent-duty-departmental-advice-v6.pdf

What is Prevent?, Let’s Talk About It
http://www.ltai.info/what-is-prevent/

 

Parent Support for children using Social Media

As parents, growing up in a digital world is very new to many of us. Knowing what our children can access, who they can talk to and what is happening via the screen is a minefield. We have put together some very useful websites that will give you lots of support and advice on how to keep our children safe online.

Age restrictions

Many social media sites have minimum age limits for their service. The UKCCIS has published guidance for social media providers, which says that many services do not allow children under the age of 13 to create an account.

This age limit has no specific legal bearing in the UK. It originates from a US law (the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act 1998) which sets out safeguards on data collection for children under 13.

Click here for Child safety online: a practical guide for providers of social media and interactive services, see page 7, GOV.UK (Adobe pdf file)

The NSPCC has published a report which suggests that 59% of UK 11 and 12 year-olds with internet access have a social networking profile, despite being underage. Of these, 23% had experienced something upsetting on social media. See the following for the document:

Younger children and social networking sites: a blind spot, NSPCC, see page 6 (Adobe pdf file)

 

Please click on the images below to open the links to several website for information on how to keep your child safe using social media.

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At Youth Challenge Primary we follow the ‘Be Internet Legends’ scheme of work which has been developed by Google in partnership with educators and online safety experts. This is a multifaceted programme designed to teach children the skills they need to be safe and confident online.

Each term we will undertake a week of lessons designed around four internet safety pillars

  • Think before you share (Be internet sharp)
  • Check it’s for real (Be internet aware)
  • Protect your stuff (Be internet secure)
  • Respect each other (Be internet kind)

The fifth pillar brings everything together. It provides interesting and valuable follow-up discussions to have in class.

  • When in doubt, discuss (Be internet Brave)

Smart, safe technology usage can help pupils learn better and help our schools function better. We believe the ‘Be Internet Legends’ programme will mark an important step towards our goal of ensuring all our students at Youth Challenge Primary are learning, exploring and staying safe on line.

Click the following link for our downloadable: Be Internet Legends Pledge

Further online safety resources can be found below:

Online safety KS2 (8-10 years)

Online safety at home 

Online saftey for parents