Guidance to schools on risks of radicalisation
New guidance has been sent to all head teachers by Education Secretary Michael Gove highlighting the risks of radicalisation.
The guidance asks staff members working with children to be vigilant and to think 'it could happen here' where safeguarding of pupils is concerned.
The guidance accompanying lists the telltale signs that a pupil could have fallen prey to Islamic or fascist extremists.
These include day-to-day behaviour of the pupil becoming increasingly concentrated around an extremist ideology, changing their style of dress, particularly in a sixth form or further education college where school uniform has been relaxed, and loss of contact with other friends not associated with extremist ideology. They could also be using insulting or derogatory terms to describe other groups opposed by the extremists.
The new guidance also calls for schools to be on the lookout for other issues, such as pupils coming under pressure from or joining gangs, female genital mutilation and pupils under pressure to succumb to forced marriages.
The guidance said: "Schools and college staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children to prevent concerns from escalating."
According to Channel, a counter-terrorism project set up by the Home Office, 90 per cent of radicalised young people were aged between 15 and 24.
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