In April 2014, every school in England received new safeguarding guidelines and detailed information on identifying and responding to Female Genital Mutilation.
FGM is a procedure carried out on young girls between the ages of infancy and 15 years of age. Female Genital Mutilation is classified as a form of child abuse in the UK. It therefore makes the procedure of it a serious child protection issue. It is illegal for anyone to perform FGM in the UK or to arrange for a child to be transported to another country for the procedure. The maximum sentence for carrying out FGM or helping it to take place is 14 years in prison.
There is lots of information and support available online for parents/carers concerned about this subject or if you know someone who is at risk:
Contact the Police if you think that a girl or young woman is in danger of FGM and is still in the UK.
Contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (020 7008 1500) if she’s already been taken abroad.
The Daughters of Eve website (Daughters of Eve) helps to raise awareness of this issue and sign-posts those affected by it to supportive services
The NSPCC (NSPCC) has detailed advice on how to spot the signs, symptoms and effects of FGM and provides support for people who are concerned about a child or who have been affected themselves. See below.
Radicalisation and Extremism
Our school has adopted the Government definition of extremism as: “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 in our armed forces, whether in this country or oversees." At Tetford, we aim to promote the British Values through our curriculum, assemblies, themed days and everyday conversation. See more on British Values here.
There is no place for extremist views of any kind in our school, whether from internal, sources (pupils, staff or governors) or external sources. Staff and governors have completed awareness raising training. Should any parent or community member have concerns regarding extremism, they should speak immediately to a member of staff.
PREVENT is a key strand of the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST. Its main objective is to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting violent extremism. It’s essential to know that PREVENT operates in the NON-CRIMINAL space. This means individuals who are referred to Prevent, are supported to move away from terrorism, rather than being criminalised. This multi-agency process is called ‘Channel’.
PREVENT is a multi-agency strategy and not solely a Police initiative. It is important everyone works together to disrupt those who promote violent extremism and identify people who are vulnerable to being recruited by terrorists, so the police and other agencies can offer them support.
As part of the duty to protect young people from the messages of extremism, we will refer any young person we are concerned about to the local Prevent team through the Channel process. We may also email the Prevent team to seek advice and support. Should we use the child protection referral process, we will need to complete a ‘channel form’ if there are any concerns related to extremism and radicalisation. Where we have serious concerns about the vulnerability of a young person in relation to extremist behaviour, then we will make a call to the Police on 999.
Tackling radicalisation relies, to a certain extent, on the vast majority of people who reject violent extremism and are determined to challenge it.