Preventing Extremism

Pals will work with children, parents and the community to ensure the rights and safety of children

andto give them the very best start in life. Our Preventing Extremism and Radicalisation

Safeguarding Policy draws upon the following guidance;

 The London Child Protection Procedures

DfE Guidance “Keeping Children Safe in Education, 2014

DCSF “Learning Together to be Safe”,

 Prevent: Resources Guide,

Tackling Extremism in the UK,

DfE’s “Teaching Approaches that help Build Resilience to Extremism among Young People”

There is no place for extremist views of any kind in our preschool, whether from

internal sources – children or staff, or external sources - external agencies or individuals.

We recognise that extremism and exposure to extremist materials and influences can lead

to poor outcomes for children and so should be addressed as a safeguarding concern as

set out in this policy. We are aware that children can be exposed to extremist influences

or prejudiced views from an early age which emanate from a variety of sources and media,

including via the internet, and at times pupils may themselves reflect or display views that

may be discriminatory, prejudiced or extremist. 


As part of wider safeguarding responsibilities preschool staff will be alert to:

•           Parental reports of changes in behaviour, friendship or actions and requests for assistance

•           Partner schools, local authority services, and police reports of issues affecting pupils  

            in other pre-schools or settings.

•           Intolerance of difference, whether secular or religious or, in line with our equalities

            policy, views based on, but not exclusive to, gender, disability, homophobia, race, colour or


•           Attempts to impose extremist views or practices on others

•           Anti-Western or Anti-British views.

We will also work with local partners, families and communities in our efforts to ensure our schools

understands and embraces our local context and values in challenging extremist views.

We will help support children who may be vulnerable to such influences as part of our wider

safeguarding responsibilities.

We will promote the values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect

and tolerance

for those with different faiths and beliefs. We will encourage the children in our setting to

respect one another and to respect and tolerate difference.

Child Protection

Please refer to our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy for the full procedural framework

on our Child Protection and Safeguarding duties.

Staff at Pals will be alert to the fact that whilst Extremism and Radicalisation is broadly a

safeguarding issue there may be some instances where a child or children may be at direct risk

of harm or neglect. For example staff may be aware of information about a child’s family that

may equally place a child at risk of harm.Therefore all adults working at or connected with Pals

 (including volunteers and students on placement) are required to report instances where they

believe a child may be at risk of harm or neglect to the Designated Safeguarding Officers.

In line with Recommendation 2 of Peter Clarke’s Report the role of the Designated Safeguarding

Officers will be extended, at the appropriate time, to include the responsibilities of the PREVENT

strand of the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy.


The arrangements for recruiting all staff will follow Bromley safer recruitment best practice in

education settings, including, but not limited to, ensuring that DBS checks are always made at the

appropriate level, that references are always received and checked and that we complete and maintain

a single central record of such vetting checks.

We will apply safer recruitment best practice principles and sound employment practice in general

and in doing so will deny opportunities for inappropriate recruitment or advancement.

Further guidance

·         The Prevent Duty (2015) Departmental advice for schools and childcare providers

·         Keeping Children Safe in Education (2015)

·         Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015)

·         What to do if you’re Worried a Child is Being Abused (HMG 2015)

·         Protection of Children Act (1999)

·         Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act (2006)

·         Childcare Act 2006

·         Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families (DoH 2000)

·         The Common Assessment Framework for Children and Young People: A Guide for Practitioners (CWDC 2010)

§         Statutory guidance on making arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children under section 11 of the Children Act 2004 (HMG 2014)

§         Information Sharing: Advice for Practitioners  (HMG 2015)

§         Disclosure and Barring Service: