Crime commissioner welcomes school extremism plan

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THE police and crime commissioner for Hampshire has said he welcomes schools being given guidance on extremism.

Simon Hayes’ comments come as education secretary Nicky Morgan issued schools with a guide in detecting radicalisation in pupils.

Mr Hayes said: ‘Preventing and tackling extremism is a responsibility we all share.

‘There is no doubt this is an increasingly and highly sensitive topic, but we must not shy away from it.

‘I therefore welcome the announcement today that the education secretary is to provide guidance to all schools on how to identify those risks.

‘I would urge anyone who has doubts or suspicions about someone they know or come into contact with who might be showing signs of supporting extremism or becoming radicalised, to contact their local prevent officer without delay.

‘I feel families also have a special role to play in protecting young people from abuse and exploitation in partnership with all agencies involved in delivering the PREVENT strategy.’

It comes as Mr Hayes provoked anger after claiming primary school girls were at risk of being radicalised and turned into ‘Jihadi brides’.

Ms Morgan said the advice to schools would mean teachers could better identify possible radicalism through changes of behaviour, attitudes or remarks they make.

Councils, prisons, NHS trusts, schools and universities will be required to prevent people being drawn into terrorism under new rules introduced today.

The measure is part of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act which says authorities must have due regard to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.