Radicalisation / Extremism
“Safeguarding children and young people from radicalisation is no different from safeguarding them from other forms of harm” - The Prevent Strategy 2011
Children may be at risk from exposure to materials or influences that support or endorse terrorism and extremism.
Local authorities and other public bodies, including schools, the police, health services, have a legal duty to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and to provide support via the Channel programme to people who are at risk of being drawn into terrorism.
The risks posed to young people by extremism are now included within the criteria for determining whether children and young people are in need of early help, specialist support or protection. If you are concerned about a child at risk from radicalisation or extremism please follow the normal process for making a referral to Children’s Social Care. Further guidance can be found in the Threshold Chart and Guidance.The Prevent legal duty should for example be reflected in every schools' policies and practices and as a minimum, safeguarding leads should have had Prevent training and all staff should know who to talk to if concerned.
The Prevent Education Officer in Lambeth is Lydia Nixon, please email LNixon@lambeth.gov.uk or firstname.lastname@example.org for any queries.
The Counter Extremism Coordinator in Lambeth is Rupert Sutton, please email RSutton@lambeth.gov.uk or call 020 7926 7025.
If you are worried about a child, contact the Integrated Referral Hub:
- Professionals' Line: 020 7926 3100
- Public Line: 0207 926 5555 (24 hours)
- Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org (secure email)
If you are a professional, please always follow up your referral in writing by filling in the Multi-Agency Referral Form (MARF) and forward it to the email address above.
If a child is at immediate risk of significant harm, please dial 999
Young People at Risk Strategy
The LSCB published a Young People at Risk Strategy which sets out our ambition and resolve for young people to be free from the risk of
- Missing from home, care or education
- Serious Youth Violence
- Involvement with gangs and/ or County Lines
It was launched at the YPAR conference in October 2017, please see the keynote speaker presentations below and a brief video from the conference:
- Annie Hudson, Strategic Director Lambeth Children Social Care
- Dr. Helen Beckett from University of Bedfordshire (CSE)
- Junior Smart (SOS, St Giles) and watch 'Breaking the cycle' (SOS project)
- John Poynton and Lucy Knell-Taylor from Redthread (SYV)
- Robyn Marsh, Safer London (Missing children/Return home interviews)
Information and support is available from the following sources below if you have concerns about a child or would like to understand more about terrorism and extremism. Also please go to the 'E-Learning' section for Channel and Prevent online training.