Ashton, Manchester

Safe Start British Values Policy

Policy Created: January 2020
Reviewed by: Grace Speakman
Review Date: January 2021

British Values & Challenging Radicalisation, Extremism and Terrorism Policy.

(September 2015)

Purpose:

At Safe Start we aim to prepare our students for life in modern Britain through the provision of
a broad and balanced curriculum which encourages pupils to develop tolerant attitudes
towards other faiths and cultures.

We want our students to gain an understanding of the culture around them as well as a sense of what it means to be British.

We aim to promote in our students spiritual, moral, social and cultural development thus enabling them to challenge radicalisation, extremism and terrorism within our Centre and in the wider community.

RESPONSIBILITY All staff

Introduction:

At Safe Start we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children
and young people in line with the duty placed on us by section 175 of the Education act 2002.

We strongly believe that all children and young people have the right to feel safe and to be
protected from physical, sexual or emotional abuse and neglect.

An effective whole school safeguarding policy is one which provides clear directives to staff
and others about expected codes of behaviour in dealing with child protection issues.

An effective policy makes explicit the schools commitment to the development of good practice
and sound procedures in order that child protection concerns and referrals may be handled
sensitively, professionally and in ways which support the needs of the child.

From 1 st July 2015 the PREVENT duty became law. This is a duty on all schools to have due
regard in preventing people being drawn into terrorism. This is just one element within our
overall safeguarding policy which is in line with the statutory duties set out in s175 of the Education Act 2002 and the Counter Terrorism and Prevent Duty 2015.

We will promote the fundamental British Values of:

  • Democracy.
    At Safe Start we make decisions together. Staff and students are consulted on Policies and
    questions are valued. We have a student voice, elected by staff and other students which
    meets fortnightly to discuss school issues and can genuinely effect change within Safe Start.
    Students are consulted on enrichment activities and have been involved in developing our
    rewards and behaviour system. They also have Personal Learning Programmes in which they
    take the lead on identifying areas of academic and personal development.
  • The Rule of Law.
    Students learn to understand that laws matter, whether it’s following the code of
    conduct in the classroom, rules at home/ in the workplace or laws in the wider
    community.
    Regular visits from our local community PCSO support students and families in
    understanding the Rule of Law.
  • Individual Liberty.
    At Safe Start students are encouraged to make choices knowing they are in a safe and
    supportive environment. We educate and provide boundaries for students to make informed
    choices. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal
    freedoms and to understand we are free to have different opinions.
  • Mutual respect and tolerance.
    Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. All members of Safe Start community are
    expected to treat one and other with respect. Restorative Practice programmes support this
    and help students to understand accountability and the impact of their behaviour on others.
    Through PHSE, Forums, Tutor Periods, Humanities and Ethnic Diversity sessions we actively
    promote diversity celebrating the similarities and differences between cultures and promoting
    a tolerance of all.

Safe Start Ethos and Practice:

Safe Start uses the following Governmental definition of extremism:
‘Vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the
rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and
beliefs; and/or calls for the death of members of our armed forces, whether in this
country or overseas’.

There is no place for extremist views of any kind in our Centre, whether from internal sources
– learners, staff, or external sources – Community, external agencies or individuals. Our
students see Safe Start as a safe place where they can explore controversial issues safely
and where our staff encourage and facilitate this – we have a duty to ensure this happens.

We recognise that extremism and exposure to extremist materials and influences can lead to poor outcomes for students and so should be addressed as a safeguarding concern as set out in this procedure.

We also recognise that if we fail to challenge extremist views we are failing to protect our students.

Extremists of all persuasions aim to develop destructive relationships between different
communities by promoting division, fear and mistrust of others based on ignorance or prejudice and thereby limiting the life chances of young people.

Education is a powerful weapon against this; equipping young people with the knowledge,
skills and critical thinking, to challenge and debate in an informed way.

We will provide a broad and balanced PSHE and citizen programme, SEAL lessons and
school forums to enrich our students understanding and tolerance of difference and
diversity and also to ensure that they thrive and feel valued, not marginalized.

We are aware that young people can be exposed to extremist influences or prejudiced views
from an early age which emanate from a variety of sources and media, including via the
internet, and at times learners may themselves reflect or display views that may be
discriminatory, prejudiced or extremist, including using derogatory language.

Any prejudice, discrimination or extremist views, including derogatory language, displayed
by students or staff will always be challenged and where appropriate dealt with in line with our Centres’ code of conduct policies and the Disciplinary Policy for staff.

There are clear links between this policy and the Safeguarding policy.

As part of wider safeguarding responsibilities staff will be alert to:

  • Disclosures by students of their exposure to the extremist actions, views or
    materials of others outside of college, such as in their homes or community
    groups, especially where learners have not actively sought these out.
  • Graffiti symbols, writing or art work promoting extremist messages or images.
  • Students accessing extremist material online, including through social
    networking sites.
  • Parental reports of changes in behaviour, friendship or actions and requests for assistance.
  • LEA services and police reports of issues affecting students outside Safe Start.
  • Students voicing opinions drawn from extremist ideologies and narratives.
  • Use of extremist or “hate‟ terms to exclude others or incite violence.
  • Intolerance of difference, whether secular or religious or, in line with our
    equalities policy, views based on, but not exclusive to gender, disability,
    homophobia, race, colour or culture.
  • Attempts to impose extremist views or practices on others.
  • Anti-Western or Anti-British views.


We will closely follow the agreed procedure as set out by LEA using their criteria for
safeguarding individuals vulnerable to extremism and radicalisation.

Multi-agency working will be an essential part of collaborative working in order to effectively meet the Prevent Strategy.

Approach:
We will all strive to eradicate the myths and assumptions that can lead to some young people
becoming alienated and dis-empowered, especially where the narrow approaches learners
may experience elsewhere may make it harder for them to challenge or question these radical influences, this guidance and support will be delivered in lessons, tutor time and through
whole school forums.

We will ensure that all of our support and approaches will help our learners build resilience
to extremism and give them a positive sense of identity through the development of critical thinking skills.

We will develop strategies and staff training to ensure that all of our staff are equipped to recognise extremism and are skilled and confident enough to challenge it.

Our goal is to build mutual respect and understanding and to promote the use of dialogue not violence as a form of conflict resolution. We will achieve this by using an approach that
includes:

  • Open discussion and debate
  • Work on anti-violence and a restorative approach to conflict resolution
  • Targeted, individual and group programmes.
  • Personal Learning Programmes


We will also work with other agencies, local partners, families and communities in our efforts to ensure Safe Start understands and embraces our local context and values in challenging
extremist views and to assist in the broadening of our Students opinion, experiences and
horizons.

We will help support students who may be vulnerable to such influences as part of our
wider safeguarding responsibilities and where we believe a student is being directly affected by
extremist materials or influences we will ensure that he/she is offered appropriate support from our staff and other relevant agencies.

Additionally in all instances we will seek external support from the LEA and/or local
partnership structures and external agencies working to prevent extremism.

Safe Start will promote the values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual
respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs. We will teach and encourage
learners to respect one another and to respect and tolerate difference, especially those of a different faith or no faith. It is indeed our most fundamental responsibility to keep our students safe and prepare them for life in modern multi-cultural
Britain and globally.

Promoting Fundamental British Values

  • Enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-
    confidence;
  • Enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and
    criminal law of England;
  • Encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to
    understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working
    in the locality of Safe Start and to society more widely;
  • Enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public
    institutions and services in England.
  • Further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling
    students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures.
  • Encourage respect for themselves and other people.
  • Encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the
    democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.

Examples of how we will achieve these are

  • Provide materials on the strengths, advantages and disadvantages of democracy,
    and how democracy and the law works in Britain, compared to other forms of
    government in other countries
  • Ensure all students within Safe Start have a voice that is listened to, and
    demonstrate how democracy works by actively promoting democratic, and
    healthy debates.

Through our curriculum we aim to develop the ability to recognise the difference between right
and wrong to enable students to develop their own moral code.

Themes covered at KS 4:

  • Tolerance.
  • Ethical issues such as Euthanasia and abortion.
  • UK Citizens.
  • Multicultural Societies.
  • Ethnic diversity.
  • Types of protest (historical and current).
  • Taxes.
  • Employer and Employee rights.
  • Volunteering and community counts.

The PSHE curriculum also covers ‘Black history’ Month, where students learn about the Civil Rights Movement and we have a weekly forum where staff and tutor groups deliver key themes which are reflective in nature and we do not seek to promote any one religion.

Use of External Agencies and Speakers

At Safe Start we encourage the use of external agencies and speakers to enrich the
experiences of our students.

All visitors have a current, enhanced DBR check. This is to
ensure that any external  agencies, individuals or speakers will provide positive learning
opportunities and experiences for our students.

We will assess the suitability and effectiveness of input from external agencies and individuals to ensure that:

  • Any messages communicated to students are consistent with the ethos of Safe
    Start and do not marginalise any communities, groups or individuals.
  • Any messages do not seek to glorify criminal activity or violent extremism or seek to radicalise learners through extreme or narrow views of faith, religion or culture or other ideologies.
  • Activities are matched to the needs of students.
  • Activities are carefully evaluated by our staff and pupils to ensure that they are effective.


At Safe Start we encourage students to share and  understand opposing views and
ideologies, appropriate to their age, comprehension and abilities, and to actively engage in informed debate.

We strive to ensure our students recognise risk and build resilience to manage any such risk towards themselves, appropriate to their age and ability but also to help learners develop the critical thinking skills needed to engage in informed debate.

Whistle Blowing
Where there are concerns of extremism or radicalisation students and Staff should use our internal systems to Whistle Blow or raise any issue in  confidence.

Safeguarding

Links between the British Values and Challenging radicalisation, extremism and terrorism policy and the Safeguarding policy are great in respect of identifying
vulnerable students/staff and the processes for dealing with issues of concern.

Please refer to our Safeguarding Policy for the full procedural framework on our Safeguarding duties.

Equality and Diversity Statement

Safe Start embraces equality and diversity.

We believe that everyone has the right to be treated equally and fairly regardless of their age, disability, gender, gender
identity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation and socio-economic background.

We seek to ensure that no member of staff or students receives less favourable treatment on any of these grounds which cannot be shown to be justified.

This document is written with the above commitment, to ensure equality and diversity is at Safe Start of our working life at Safe Start.

Referral process:
See updated Prevent policy
Follow safeguarding procedures