Prevent radicalisation - training for schools and colleges

Prevent radicalisation - training for schools and colleges

Posted on Jul 30, 2015
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Although radical groups and figures have long been a part of the world, they have never been more prominent and far-reaching than today.

Radicalisation, instant discomfort and instant confusion. A word that so many of us are so unsure and scared about. The rise of groups like Al Qaeda or ISIS has seen a new wave of terror sweeping the world, offering a real threat to life, both in the UK and overseas.

What sets ISIS apart and what has brought the issue of radicalisation to the forefronts of our minds is that, in an internet age, it is increasingly easy for these groups to reach out for new recruits, making the likelihood of British citizens becoming radicalised a very real fact of life.

Our younger population in schools and colleges across the UK are at the greatest risk of being targeted. Perhaps the most concerning thing is that the process is often a silent one that goes unnoticed until the individual concerned makes a move to go and, ‘join the fight.’

A very well publicised example of this is the three London schoolgirls who were lured out to Syria by ISIS recruiters with the promise of a better life.

Because of this, ensuring that everyone has accurate knowledge has become vital.

But, how do we prevent radicalisation?

Radicalisation needs to be identified before it starts, or very early on in its manifestation.

One way to do this is to send a message through our schools, colleges and workplaces by training staff to spot the tell-tale signs and confront any issues before they spiral out of control.

In fact, new legislation passed in 2015 places a statutory duty on schools and colleges to do just this and the Association of School and College Leaders, (ASCL), have set up seminars to give teachers,

“a greater understanding around the issues of radicalisation and extremism,” and, “deal with them in an appropriate manner, without overreacting and being alarmist.” BBC News, 6 May 2015.

It’s believed that social isolation and depression are contributory factors for making young people more susceptible to the elaborate grooming process used to radicalise them.

To prevent radicalisation, you need to be able to spot who is susceptible, be able to notice differences in behaviour and ensure that lone wolf groomers do not have access to or platforms within your organisation to spread extremist views.

But is this enough?
At flick we take this one step further by enabling schools to empower teachers directly with our Prevention of Radicalisation Training.

This is delivered online using our winning formula that combines gamified learning, interactivity and meaningful questions to deliver training that sticks.

This gives teachers extra reassurance and confidence to deliver the statutory duty from the frontline in schools and colleges. This is especially significant with an issue like radicalisation which can go unnoticed even by the close friends and family of those people being radicalised.

If the people closest to them can be duped, then their teachers certainly need all the help we can give them.

Furthermore, The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places the responsibility on your organisation to ensure you have sufficient training in place, keeping everyone up-to-date.

What, exactly, does the training involve?

The flick Prevention of Radicalisation training course is broken down into four modules.

1.Introduction

Here we define the meaning of radicalisation, terrorism and extremism, and highlight the fact that the perpetrators are both groups and individuals working alone.

We highlight ISIS as an example in the way they use social media as a powerful and far reaching lure worldwide.

Did you know ISIS are thought to have over 45,000 Twitter accounts and growing all the time? And we look at the fact that radical extremists come from all walks of life.

2. Forms and Consequences of Radicalisation

Here we look at the ways in which individuals are radicalised by both people around them and online.

We look at the reasons people join groups like ISIS - such as perceived excitement, glory and power.

We look at the unrelenting methods used by radical groups to recruit people.

Did you know ISIS have sent death threats to Twitter employees after the removal of ISIS Twitter Accounts?

And we consider the consequences for both the individual - being sold into sexual slavery being just one of these - and the consequences for the victims’ families - such as shame and guilt.

3. The Signs of Radicalisation

This section offers pointers about what to look for in someone you think could be under the influence of a radical recruiter.

Examples include - becoming more secretive, developing an ‘us and them,’ mentality, questioning their faith, or changes in their appearance.

Did you know that radicalisation is classed as a form of abuse?

We also offer advice on the best way to deal with your suspicions.

4. Current and Future Legislation

This highlights current measures in place to combat the issues like the Counter Terrorism & Security Bill and the Government’s 4 Ps Policy.

It also gives direction to the different organisations and groups you can involve with any issues you come across.

Did you know there’s an Anti-Terrorist Hotline - 0800 789 321?

And, as with every flick Online Course, access to the flick library is offered for back-up resources.

Use flick learning to train and empower your staff and prevent radicalisation. Contact us to discuss how our courses will work for your organisation.

To see our Radicalisation quickflick guide on Prevent duty guidance for Further Education click here.

 

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