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The Department for Education has launched a helpline for anyone concerned about a child who may be at risk of extremism, or about extremism within an organisation working with children and young people. Email: counter.extremism@education.gsi.gov.uk

Telephone: 020 7340 7264.

Source: Department for Education 17 August 2015

For more information click on this link


The Department for Education has issued advice and social media guidance to schools and childcare providers to help them keep children safe from the risk of radicalisation and extremism. Click here for the guidance

Published July 2015

Further information:

Protecting children from radicalisation: the prevent duty (PDF)

The use of social media for online radicalisation (PDF)


HM Passport Office has published a guide explaining how you can request the cancellation of the passport of a child under 16 at risk of radicalisation.

HM Passport Office 25 August 2015 guidance


New Helpline


The NSPCC has launched a free 24-hour service this comes after recent terrorist attacks which have highlighted the growing problem of individuals being influenced by extremism.


The NSPCC helpline will provide support to adults who have concerns about children and young people being radicalised or who need advice on how to talk to their children about issues related to terrorism.


Spotting the signs and getting support

Radicalisation can be really difficult to spot. Signs that may indicate a child is being radicalised include:

·         isolating themselves from family and friends

·         talking as if from a scripted speech

·         increased levels of anger

·         becoming disrespectful and asking inappropriate questions.


However, these signs don’t necessarily mean a child is being radicalised – it may be normal teenage behaviour or a sign that something else is wrong. If you notice any change in a child’s behaviour and you’re worried, you can call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000.


Children who are at risk of radicalisation may have low self-esteem, be members of gangs or a victim of bullying or discrimination. Radicals might target them and tell them they can be part of something special. And may brainwash them into cutting themselves off from their friends and family.

"I’m concerned that someone is trying to force a young boy into having extreme beliefs. He has started acting differently recently and has become more withdrawn. "

Caller who contacted NSPCC





What is PREVENT?

Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism. Prevent is 1 of the 4 elements of CONTEST, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.


Useful website on PREVENT



Bedfordshire Police contact information

DS 957 Mary Robinson is now the Prevent Sergeant for Luton and Helen Brooke is the DS for Beds and Central Beds.

Email address is Prevent@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk


Channel – A partnership approach to safeguard individuals who may be vulnerable to becoming involved in terrorism

Channel is a partnership approach to identify and safeguard individuals who may be vulnerable to being radicalised and drawn into terrorist activity. The process is a key strand of the Government’s Prevent Strategy. Building on existing partnership structures, Channel works in a similar way to other safeguarding processes that support individuals at risk from involvement in gangs, drugs and knife crime. By safeguarding those most at risk of being drawn into terrorism they can be diverted away from any potential threat at an early stage.

Partnership and community involvement are vital to Channel ensuring that people most at risk are given support at an early stage. Partners include:

• Local authorities;

• Education;

• Health;

• Probation,

• Youth Offending Teams and Prisons;

• Police and other emergency services;

• UK Border Agency;

• Community and Voluntary Services; and

• Local communities.

Through the Channel process partners are able to work together to assess the nature and extent of the risk and, where necessary, provide an appropriate support package tailored to the individual’s needs. A multi-agency panel, chaired by the local authority, decides on the most appropriate action to safeguard an individual and this is monitored closely and reviewed regularly.

The support provided will vary according to the nature and extent of the risk that has been identified by the multi-agency panel and may include targeted support (including faith guidance, counselling and mentoring or diversionary activities) or by providing access to specific services such as health or education.

Guidance for partner agencies on the Channel process is available at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/counter-terrorism/prevent/channel-guidance

This provides local partner agencies in England and Wales with advice on implementing Channel and details of the support it can provide for vulnerable individuals.

For more information about Channel please contact Dave Layton-Scott at David.Layton-Scott@Bedfordshire.pnn.Police.uk



Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism. At the heart of Prevent is safeguarding children and adults and providing early intervention to protect and divert people away from being drawn into terrorist activity.

The Train the Trainer courses for Prevent have now ended and this is the information on our LSCB training bookings News page – as advised by Colin Bonner:

All Train the Trainer courses have now ended.  If you need to locate a trainer then please e mail 

wrap@homeoffice.x.gsi.gov.uk and ask them for details of a trainer in your  area / sector.


Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism. At the heart of Prevent is safeguarding children and adults and providing early intervention to protect and divert people away from being drawn into terrorist activity.


PREVENT e-learning tool: The Government has launched a new e-learning tool to help raise awareness of radicalisation. It can be accessed here.


Prevent online training and enables you to print out Certificates to confirm you have undertaken the course.  The website is Foundation Online Learning http://www.foundationonline.org.uk/  and offers the following:

  1. Prevent for Governors and Board members
  2. Prevent for Support Staff
  3. Prevent for Practitioners
  4. Prevent for Leaders and Managers


Many Agencies including Local Authorities, Schools, Nurseries and other institutions have a statutory duty as of 1st July 2015 to ‘have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’.  


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Ofsted Inspection

The Bedford Borough Safeguarding Children Board (BBSCB) is judged to be 'Good' in a report published today by Ofsted. For more details of the report and a statement by Jenny Myers, Independent Chair of BBSCB can be found here