Tackling extremism and radicalisation
The current threat from terrorism extremism in the United Kingdom can involve the exploitation of vulnerable people, including children, young people, and vulnerable adults to involve them in terrorism or activity in support of terrorism.
Haringey Safeguarding Children Partnership (HSCP), recognises the specific need to safeguard children, young people and families from violent extremism. There have been several occasions both locally and nationally in which extremist groups have attempted to radicalise vulnerable children and young people to hold extreme views including views justifying political, religious, sexist, or racist violence, or to steer them into a rigid and narrow ideology that is intolerant of diversity and leaves them vulnerable to future radicalisation. We are clear that this type of exploitation and radicalisation should be viewed as a safeguarding concern.
What is Prevent?
Prevent is part of the national counter-terrorism strategy and aims to stop people being drawn into or supporting terrorism.
The Prevent strand of the strategy focuses on three key areas which are:
- to respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat from those who promote it
- to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support
- to work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to address
By adopting a multi-agency approach to protect and support people at risk from radicalisation in Haringey, we aim to safeguard children and adults from being drawn into terrorist-related activity and promote positive community cohesion.
Who is vulnerable?
There is no single profile of a potential terrorist, but terrorist groups sometimes try to recruit people who are susceptible to radicalisation or already vulnerable in some why. This can happen in person or over the internet. Recognising the symptoms and taking action helps to safeguard the individual and those around them.
What support is available?
We work closely with local police and other services to deliver a multi-agency response. If you are worried that a child or young person you are working with is at risk of extremism you can make a referral to Children’s Social Care in the usual way through the childrensportalehm
If there are significant concerns, following an assessment the referral may be passed on to the ‘Channel’ safeguarding group to consider what support and interventions may be available. Any interventions are tailored to meet individual needs and will include a range of activities such as mentoring, leadership skills and other practical assistance.
Review Date: November 2024