Anti-Radicalisation Statement

Truly Scrumptious Early Years Nursery

Truly Scrumptious Early Years Nurseries are fully committed to safeguarding and
promoting the welfare of its children and staff members. We recognise that
safeguarding against radicalisation is no different from safeguarding against any other
vulnerability. At Truly Scrumptious Nursery all staff are expected to uphold and
promote the fundamental principles of the British Values, including democracy, the rule
of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different
faiths and beliefs.

The main aims of this statement are to ensure that staff are fully engaged in being
vigilant about radicalisation; that they overcome professional disbelief that such issues
will not happen here and ensure that we work alongside other professional bodies and
agencies to ensure that our children are safe from harm.

We aim:

  • All staff and volunteers will have understanding and an appropriate level of
    training (home office prevent training) of what radicalisation and extremism are
    and why we need to be vigilant in nursery.
  • Children participate in local community events (such as carnivals) so they
    appreciate and value their friends and neighbours who may not share their faith
    background.
  • Children are supported in making good choices from any early age, so they
    understand the impact and consequences of their actions on others.
  • All staff will know that the setting policy is on anti-radicalisation and extremism
    and will follow the procedures when issues arise.
  • All parents/carers will know the school has policies in place to keep pupils safe
    from harm and we (the nursery) regularly reviews it systems to ensure they are
    appropriate and effective.

Radicalisation is defined as the act or process of making a person more radical
or favouring of extreme of fundamental changes in political, economic or social
conditions, institutions of habits of the mind.

Radicalisation refers to the process by which a person comes to support
terrorism and forms of extremism. Protecting children from the risk of
radicalisation is seen as part of Truly Scrumptious wider safeguarding duties,
and is similar in nature to protecting children from other forms of harm and
abuse.

There is no single way of identifying who is likely to be susceptible to an
ideology. It can happen in many different ways and settings. Specific
background factors may contribute to vulnerability which are often combined
with specific influences such as family, friends or online, and with specific needs
for which an extremist or terrorist group appear to provide and answer. The
internet and the use of social media has become a major factor in the
radicalisation of young people.

Extremism is defined as the holding of extreme political or religious views. It is
the vocal or active opposition to fundamental British Values. We also include in
out definition of extremism calls for the death of members of our armed
forces, whether in this country or overseas.

At Truly Scrumptious Nurseries it is essential that staff are able to identify
children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation, and know what to do when thy
are identified.
There are a number of behaviours that might indicate that an individual is at
risk of being radicalised or exposed to extreme views. Such behaviours may
include:

  • Spending increasing time in the company of other suspected extremists
  • Changing their style of dress or personal appearance to accord with the group
  • Day to day behaviour becoming increasingly centred on an extremist ideology,
    group of cause
  • Loss of interest in other friends and activities not associated with an extremist
    cause
  • Attempts to introduce others to the group/cause
  • Communication with others that suggests identification with a group, cause of
    ideology
  • Using names/language ranging from insulting to derogatory or members of
    another group

Increase in prejudice-related incidents committed by that person- these may include;

  • Physical or verbal assault
  • Provocative behaviour
  • Damage to property
  • Derogatory name calling

Curriculum

Our curriculum promotes respect, tolerance and diversity. Children are encouraged to
share their views and recognise that they are entitled to have their own different
beliefs which should not be used to influence others.

It is recognised that children with low self-esteem can often be more vulnerable to
radicalisation and therefore we strive to equip our children confidences, self-belief,
respect and tolerance as well as setting high standards and expectations from them.

Procedures for referrals

Although serious incidents involving radicalisation have not occurred at Truly
Scrumptious to date, it is important for us to remain constantly vigilant and remain
fully informed about the issues which affect the wider region in which we teach. Staff
are reminded to suspend professional disbelief that instances of radicalisation “could
not happen here” and refer any concerns through the appropriate channels.

Staff should understand when it is appropriate to make a referral to the “Channel
Programme” Channel is a programme which focuses on providing support at an early
stage.

The department of Education has dedicated a telephone helpline (020 7340 7264) to
raise enable staff to raise concerns relating to extremism directly. Concerns can also
be raised by email to counter.extremism@education.gsi.gov.uk

(please note that helpline is not intended for use in emergency situations, such as a
child being at immediate risk of harm or a security incident, in which case the normal
emergency procedures should be followed.

Designated Lead Safeguarding Officer- BRITTANY (Romford) PATRICIA (Ongar)

Deputy Safeguarding Officers- LAUREN (Romford) KIM (Ongar)

Policy reviewed Brittany V – Manager – 24/11/2020