Since 2003, the UK government has had a strategy in place to counter the threat to this country and to our interests overseas from international terrorism. The strategy is known as CONTEST and its aim is "to reduce the risk to the UK from international terrorism, so that people can go about their lives freely and with confidence‟.
This strategy for challenging violent extremism has four dimensions; Prepare, Prevent, Protect and Pursue and in June 2008 the Government published guidance to local partners on preventing violent extremism, which stressed the importance of empowering learners to come together, with their families and members of the wider community, to expose and challenge such extremism.
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HM Government: Introduction to Prevent e-learning package (April 2016)
Online e-learning resource aimed at those with responsibilities under the Prevent duty, particularly front line staff in schools and colleges. Designed to help raise awareness of radicalisation and support staff to identify the signs that someone may be at risk and where to go for support.
DfE: Educate against Hate (launched January 2016)
SWGfL 360 Safe Online Safety Self Review Tool
The SWGfL 360 Safe Self Review resource has been updated to include related aspects of radicalisation and extremism and provides a freely available tool for schools to self assess and benchmark their Online Safety provision.
DfE / Home Office: How Social Media is used to encourage Travel (July 2015)
There is increasingly widespread recognition that terrorist and extremist organisations are utilising the Internet and Social Media for the radicalisation and grooming of Young People. Further to this, the Department for Education and the Home Office have issued the joint enclosed briefing note (see link below) for schools highlighting some of these aspects and actions schools should take.
HM Government: The revised PREVENT Duty guidance
Statutory guidance for specified authorities issued by HM Govt on the duty in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015. All specified authorities must have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. Issued March 2015 and revised July 2015.
Home Office: Reporting online terrorist material
London Grid for Learning: Counter Extremism
Narratives and Conversations
Families Against Stress & Trauma (FAST)
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