09:00AM, Thursday 01 October 2015
The deputy leader of the Royal Borough has warned parents their responsibility to be vigilant against the threat of radicalisation ‘doesn’t stop at the school gates’.
Cllr Simon Dudley was speaking after a meeting of education leaders in the Royal Borough on preventing and combating extremism in schools.
About 50 people were at the meeting on Tuesday evening, which highlighted how to spot early warning signs and issues around social media and the ‘dark web’.
It also stressed that pupils are not only at risk of radicalisation by Islamic extremists, but also by far right groups.
The meeting was held as part of measures introduced by the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act, which requires local authorities to take a greater role in preventing radicalisation.
Speaking about the importance of the session, Cllr Dudley said: “There’s a host of dangers to our children that just didn’t exist 10 or 20 years ago and people need to be aware of the ways that very cunning people can use sophisticated technology to target young people.”
An independent report into a Conservative councillor has found a breach of the Royal Borough’s code of conduct in a document seen by the Advertiser.