We are an Operation Encompass School.
RADICALISATION, EXTREMISM AND THE PREVENT DUTY
As a College we have a statutory duty to “prevent people from being drawn into terrorism” (Prevent Duty Guidance, July 2015). The risk of radicalisation and extremism in Rutland is deemed to be low. However, given the demographics of the local area the greatest threat is posed by Far Right Extremism / Neo-Nazism.
In our day-to-day contact with students we should look out for the following:
- Graffiti symbols – Nazi Swastikas and the numbers 14 (the fourteen words “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children”); 18 (Adolf Hitler); 88 (Heil Hitler); and 28 (Blood & Honour).
- Accessing extremist material online – website and social media
- Reading extremist books (e.g. The Anarchist Cookbook or My Struggle) or listening to extremist music.
- Changes in behaviour or friendship groups.
- Voicing racist opinions or using racist/hate language.
- Inciting violence, crime or anti-social behaviour.
- Condoning or supporting violence or harm towards others.
Further information can be found in the Federation Prevent Strategy here or by downloading the Channel information leaflet here.
If you are concerned that a young person is in danger of radicalisation or is being radicalised please contact:
Alex Emmerson, Catmose College Prevent Co-ordinator on 01572 770066
Leicestershire Police Prevent Engagement Team (PET) via email email@example.com or telephone 0116 248 6726
Leicester Prevent Co-ordinator via email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0116 273 3459 or 07403 727727
FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION (FGM)
Around 137,000 girls in the UK are at risk of Female Genital Mutilation. These girls can be of any age, even babies, and are predominately from East and West Africa. Girls from Somalia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea and Mali are at a particularly high risk.
FMG, which usually takes place during the summer or “cutting season”, is a form of abuse with no religious justification.
If a member of staff has been informed that FMG has taken place or observed FMG – there is a mandatory personal duty which requires the individual professional to make the report. The recommended route for doing this is to call 101.
However, if a member of staff suspects that FMG has been carried out, or are concerned about the risk, they should follow the Federation’s Safeguarding procedures outlines above and in the Safeguarding Policy.
For more information on FGM you can download a leaflet by clicking here.
CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
CSE is a form of sexual abuse where victims are manipulated or forced into taking part in sexual acts. This can either be part of a consensual relationship or in return for attention, gifts, money, alcohol, drugs or any other bribe.
The warning signs for CSE include:
- Mood swings / being emotionally upset.
- Poor attendance or a pattern of non-attendance.
- Change in physical appearance / appear dishevelled.
- Misusing alcohol or drugs.
- Chatting online to people they have never met.
- Hanging around with older people.
- Unexplained gifts.
- Showing inappropriate sexualised behaviour.
- Sexual Transmitted Infections (STIs) / seeking emergency contraception.
If a child starts to exhibit, or is exhibiting, any of the behaviours highlighted above please follow the Federation’s safeguarding procedures. If you feel the child is in immediate danger contact the police.
You can download a leaflet for parents with support and advice surrounding CSE by clicking here.
To download Childline’s information leaflet on CSE please click here.
PEER ON PEER ABUSE
We recognise that children are capable of abusing their peers. Abuse will never be tolerated or passed off as “banter” or “part of growing up”. A safeguarding issue would emerge if a student’s behaviour was deemed:
- Serious, and potentially a criminal offence
- Could put pupils in the school at risk
- Involves students being forced to use drugs or alcohol
- Involves sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, such as indecent exposure, sexual assault, or sexually inappropriate pictures or videos (including sexting)
If a student makes an allegation of abuse against another student the Federation will follow its normal safeguarding procedures.