Extremism & radicalisation

The current threat from terrorism in the United Kingdom can involve the exploitation of vulnerable people, including children, young people & adults to involve them in activities supporting terrorism.

The Local Authority in Sheffield and South Yorkshire Police agree that this exploitation of children and young people should be viewed as a safeguarding concern and should be approached in the same way as we safeguard children from other risks.

The Sheffield Children Safeguarding Partnership (SCSP) guidance below provides a framework for professionals where there are concerns that children and young people are at risk of violent extremist activity and provides a mechanism for assessment and support. 

Violent Extremism is defined by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) as the demonstration of unacceptable behaviour by using any means or medium to express views, which:

  • Encourage, justify or glorify terrorist violence in furtherance of particular beliefs
  • Seek to provoke others to terrorist acts
  • Encourage other serious criminal activity or seek to provoke others to serious criminal acts
  • Foster hatred which might lead to inter-community violence in the UK

SCSP policy and procedure:

National guidance:

  • Prevent Duty Guidance, HO
  • National Counter Terrorism Policing have launched a website to help increase Prevent referrals from family and friends by increasing awareness, trust and understanding of the police’s safeguarding role by:

    • Increasing awareness of where to go for further information and support
    • Increasing awareness of the signs of radicalisation
    • Increasing understanding of, and confidence in, the referral process
    • Encouraging referrals from concerned family and friends at an early stage
    • Highlighting the police safeguarding role in Prevent

     To find out more visit actearly.uk 

Local guidance:

E-learning:

Other relevant information can be found on this website here: Information and resources or in the index on the left side of this page.

If you are concerned about a child or young person, follow this link: Referring a safeguarding concern to Children’s Social Care

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