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Incels: Safeguarding implications for primary schools

We must not assume that the incel phenomenon only has implications for secondary safeguarding practice – primary schools must be alert too. Elizabeth Rose considers how we can respond to this new and rapidly emerging threat, offering practical advice and reassurance

The Prevent Duty (DfE, 2015) is woven through guidance for all schools. Schools have a responsibility to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism” (Home Office, 2015) and are encouraged to promote “fundamental British values” (DfE, 2014) which includes a respect for democracy, tolerance of other cultures and a making positive contribution to the community.

The importance of being alert to radicalisation is embedded in our safeguarding training and practice, but recent developments in risks around radicalisation have caused a sense of unease. In this article I will explore some of these changes and consider the best approaches to tackling this issue.

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