Prevent for schools
This is a new website created by the Government which details how you can keep your daughter safe in a variety of different contexts. The website gives information on extremism, online safety, community cohesion and safeguarding. It can be accessed via: www.preventforschools.org
This is a Government website that gives parents, teachers and school leaders practical advice on protecting children from extremism and radicalisation. It can be accessed via: www.educateagainsthate.com
At DWHS we pride ourselves on celebrating and promoting our diverse community with its many different ethnicities and religions. We also recognise however that in today’s world our young people are faced with many pressures as they grow up and can often be influenced by strong feelings expressed by others in connection with a range of complex issues. Our overriding concern is that all our young people feel safe and also express tolerance towards all cultures and religions even when personal views may be different. We do not condone political, religious or cultural extremism in any form believing it to run contrary to our fundamental values of WE CARE.
We have a duty of care to ensure that everyone in the community is protected from any dangers of being potentially or actually radicalised. The PREVENT strategy outlines the national strategy incorporating one organisation called "Channel", is designed to protect people potentially at risk of being radicalised. There are a number of indicators that may possibly indicate that an individual may be being adversely targeted by an extremist group or cause, such as:
- Suddenly changing how they dress or their appearance.
- High absence rate from school with no clear reason.
- Losing interest in friends or activities not associated with a particular ideology, with their behaviour becoming focused on an extreme idea or cause.
- Possessing or being associated with material or symbols associated with an extremist cause (e.g. the swastika for far-right groups), being in communication with suspected extremists, use of internet or other social media sites associated with extremism
DWHS fully endorses the PREVENT strategy that:
“Schools can help to protect children from extremist and violent views in the same ways that they help to safeguard children from drugs, gang violence or alcohol. Their purpose must be to protect children from harm and to ensure that they are taught in a way that is consistent with the law and our values. “