top of page
Prevent Training Information Barnet

PREVENT

Extremism and radicalisation are safeguarding issues for children and young people. They can involve estrangement from key support networks, involvement with criminal groups, imprisonment and physical danger. Indicators of vulnerability of children and young people to radicalisation may include:

  • discomfort about their place in society

  • low self-esteem

  • involvement with a new and different group of friends – sometimes older

  • exposure to an ideology that seems to sanction, legitimise or require violence, often by providing a compelling but fabricated narrative of contemporary politics and recent history

  • exposure to people or groups who can directly and persuasively articulate that ideology and then relate it to aspects of a person's own background and life history

  • accessing or possessing extremist literature

  • accessing violent extremist websites, especially those with a social networking element

  • a crisis of identity and, often, uncertainty about belonging which might be triggered by a range of further personal issues, including experiences of racism, discrimination, deprivation and other criminality (as victim or perpetrator); family breakdown or separation

  • involvement with a new and different group of friends – sometimes older

  • a range of perceived grievances, some real and some imagined, to which there may seem to be no credible and effective non-violent response rejection of civic life.

What is Prevent?

Prevent is a strand of the Government’s Counter Terrorism Strategy (CONTEST). It is about ensuring we all work together to ‘prevent’ children, young people and adults from being drawn into extremist activity, including acts of terrorism. It is about everyone taking responsibility and knowing what to do if they have concerns. The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, contains a duty on specific authorities known as the Prevent Duty which commenced in July 2015.

Barnet Safeguarding Children Partnership has adopted the pan-London Safeguarding Children Procedures which provides guidance on assessing and responding to concerns in relation to extremism

Referrals made in relation to safeguarding concerns for children and young people that may be at risk of radicalisation are made in the same way as other safeguarding issues. 

If you are concerned that a child or young people may be at risk of being radicalised, or being drawn into extremist activity, a referral should be made through to the Barnet MASH team on 020 8359 4066, or via email (mash@barnet.gov.uk).

If there is a risk of immediate harm or danger to a child or young person, you should contact the Police via 999.

If you are concerned that a young person may become involved in terrorist activity, or an act of terrorism, this should be reported to the National Anti Terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321.

Training

To assist implementation of the duty in section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, a Prevent e-learning training package is available. This is introductory training. It provides a foundation on which to develop further knowledge around the risks of radicalisation and the roles involved in supporting those at risk.

Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP) Training

WRAP (Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent) was developed by the Home Office aimed at frontline staff across agencies working with children and young people eg social care, police, probation, education and health.  The purpose is to raise awareness of the risk associated with the targeting of vulnerable individuals by extremists. It is a key awareness tool for frontline staff to support carrying out effective safeguarding duties and to understand their responsibility under the Prevent Duty.

The Barnet Prevent Education Officer, Liam Foote, is available to attend Schools to deliver WRAP training to staff. Training can also be delivered online if COVID restrictions apply. Online safety training is also available for pupils and parents. If you would like information regarding how to book a WRAP session please contact Liam via email at liam.foote@barnet.gov.uk or the Prevent coordinator (Perryn Jasper) via email at Barnetcst@barnet.gov.uk.

View Barnet's 2017-2020 Prevent Strategy

Visit the Act Early website, which aims to share information and support for people worried about someone they know showing extremist views.

bottom of page