Radicalisation and extremism: staff factsheet

Share this factsheet with your staff so they know what radicalisation is, who might be more at risk, what to look out for, and what to do if they have concerns.

Last reviewed on 15 September 2023
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Latest guidance update

The Home Office has updated the Prevent duty guidance. These changes will come into effect on 31 December 2023 at the earliest. 

There are no new legal or additional responsibilities for schools. However, the following updates have been made:

  • You should designate a staff member to oversee Prevent (although it's likely that your designated safeguarding lead (DSL) already does this)
  • Clarification that you don't need consent to share information about a pupil who might be susceptible to radicalisation

For full details about how these changes affect you, take a look at our Need-to-know and the DfE's briefing for schools.

Share this factsheet on radicalisation and extremism with your staff to make them aware of:

  • What radicalisation and extremism are
  • How radicalisation happens
  • Who's more likely to be at risk
  • What signs to look out for
  • What to do if they have concerns

Use it as a basis for talking about the issue at a staff meeting, or send it round for staff to read themselves. Please note, you should include local procedures where indicated, or delete the yellow highlighted text before sharing.

Want to make it more interactive? Use these questions to start a discussion:

  • What stereotypes might get in the way of us noticing signs of radicalisation?
  • What can we do to help prevent children being groomed by extremists?
  • How are children harmed by radicalisation? Who else could be at risk of harm?

Next ...

... follow up with our safeguarding scenario on radicalisation.

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