Child Protection Training: Preventing Radicalisation

Child protection training is being used more and more often as a tool to help fight against radicalisation among young people.

As educators, one of our primary obligations is to ensure that the children in our care are kept safe from harmful forces, neglect and abuse. This can take on various forms and can occur through many different mediums. One of the most extreme versions is that of radicalisation.

Radicalisation is the process by which a group or an individual adopts an extreme political, social or religious set of ideals which reject or severely undermine modern ideas and expressions of freedom of choice. Although the rate of radicalisation among school-aged children in the UK is still very low, it’s essential for parents and teachers to be fully aware of the threat that it poses and the various ways in which children and young people may be vulnerable.

An important area in which parents and teachers must be especially aware of the activities of children and young people is their online lives. Research has shown that this is where they’re most likely to be exposed to subject matter around extremism and radicalisation.

Internet usage among children and the UK is very high, with your average individual spending up to 27 hours a week engaging in online activity — using the data on their phone, the internet at home, or connecting via gaming devices. Although much of this activity is absolutely harmless, some of it has the potential to bring children and young people into the path of harmful forces.

The most effective way to do this is to undergo a child protection training. Child protection training courses help establish a firm understanding of the different ways in which children and young people may be vulnerable or come into harm’s way online.

Child protection training helps ensure that your staff have up-to-date skills that enable them to appropriately and constructively respond to any issues relating to abuse, neglect and radicalisation. The training course begins by guiding teachers and staff through how to recognise signs of abuse, neglect and other damaging behaviours. It then moves on to develop communication abilities, so that teachers are able to talk to their students constructively on the issue.

The positive effects of child protection training for schools are far-reaching. In addition to providing essential, potentially life-saving skills and information for staff, it helps cultivate a culture of trust between students and faculty. Furthermore, it proves to parents and school boards that the school is taking as many measures as possible to ensure the wellbeing of its students.

EduCare’s Child Protection programme gives a thorough overview of child protection by covering topics relevant to anybody who must safeguard children and young people in a professional or volunteer capacity. By investing in a child protection training, you’re educating your staff about how to keep their students safe — and as educators, what could be better than that?

Want to invest in a child protection training for your school or organisation? Get in touch and let us organise it.