New government legislation

With the ever present threat of terrorism around the world, the Government have issued a new “PREVENT” strategy, effective from today, which aims to protect children from terrorism and radicalisation. I have read and familiarised myself with the document and incorporated the strategy into my safeguarding procedures.

The PREVENT strategy requires all childminders and early years providers to identify any children who are considered to be at risk of being involved in terrorism or radicalised and refer them to the Local Authority.

Definitions – 

Terrorism – the Terrorism Act 2000 defines terrorism as: “The use or threat of action designed to influence the government or an international governmental organisation or to intimidate the public, or a section of the public; made for the purposes of advancing a political, religious, racial or ideological cause; and it involves or causes: serious violence against a person; serious damage to a property; a threat to a person’s life; a serious risk to the health and safety of the public; or serious interference with or disruption to an electronic system.”

Radicalisation refers to the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism leading to terrorism.

Any questions, please ask!

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