At Crossley Hall we take the safeguarding of pupils extremely seriously. This includes the safeguarding against Radicalisation.
Below are signs and indicators of radicalisation. If you have concern that someone you know be it adult or child is being subjected to potential radicalisation you can contact either Michael Thorp at: PREVENT@crossleyhall.com or dial 101 and speak to the police.
Safeguarding pupils from radicalisation is no different from safeguarding them from other forms of harm. It is important to recognise that any signs or indicators of concern should be reported as set out in your institution’s procedures regardless of whether you believe them to suggest that the pupil is vulnerable to extremist radicalisation or other, more well-known, abuse.
Many of the signs and indicators that are known to us through the safeguarding training and experience are also indicators of being vulnerable to radicalisation. One form of abuse does not exclude another and indeed, many indicators will suggest concerns which don’t fit neatly into one form of abuse or another.
People being radicalised are subject to abuse of one form or another. They are being drawn into an environment which leads them, often of their own free will into a single focused mind-set and commitment to engage with a set of values and behaviours which are not in their best interests or that of their family and friends.
Safeguarding issues such as child sexual exploitation and grooming are very closely connected with radicalisation in terms of strategies used by ‘recruiters’. The signs and indicators, therefore may be the same. If you are concerned about a pupil or colleague then talk to your safeguarding lead. They will use their expertise to decide on the next step.
Indicators of radicalisation or safeguarding concerns in general.
There is no clear profile of someone who is vulnerable to radicalisation. From recent known examples we know only that no one group of people become radicalised and go on to be involved with violent or non-violent extremist activities.
Please remember that the following are only signs and indicators of potential issues of concern, including radicalisation. It is always necessary to have more information as these behaviours may well be demonstrations of pupils flexing their independence and learning about new aspects of life. The examples below on their own, do not mean that the student has necessarily been subject to radicalisation.
- Alongside the known indicators of abuse such as child sexual exploitation and on-line bullying, the following may provide additional guidance;
- Pupils changing their behaviour or appearance
- Pupils adopting styles of clothes associated with groups with whom they have had no previous connection – this could be faith or political based
- Pupils becoming isolated from friends, peers or family members
- Pupils becoming involved with groups of pupils who have strong ideological ideas
- Pupils viewing websites which contain extremist ideologies or symbols
- Pupils attempting to recruit others to an extremist ideology or cause
- Pupils vocalising extremist ideologies
- Pupils using extremist language
- Pupils questioning identity and sense of belonging
- Pupils glorifying current terrorist activity seen in the media
- Pupils displaying extreme behaviour related to ideology and / or religion
- Pupils requesting extended holidays to regions known to be unsafe or places not associated with the family
- Pupils possessing or discussing extremist material Family not being aware of absences from classes
- Family raising additional concerns about the individual and their behaviour
- Identifying extremist literature being distributed by pupils or external visitors
- Overhearing extremist language and conversations
- Concerns about known vulnerable pupils being targeted inside or outside the institution
- Use of prayer facilities which are contrary to institution policy
- Groups of unknown people gathering close to the school, campaigning or fund raising for known extremist, or unknown organisations
- Study of extremist websites or literature unless part of genuine academic study.