1. AIM OF THIS POLICY
Clubland Playscheme is committed to providing a safe and caring environment, where children are free from discrimination and protected from abuse, harm and radicalisation.
As an early years provider, we already focus on children’s personal, social and emotional development, however to help prevent the radicalisation of children, we promote British Values in an age appropriate way.
As part of this commitment we also aim to ensure that neither our club sessions nor our premises are used to promote extremist beliefs or discriminatory views.
2. WHAT BRITSH VALUES ARE
According to the Department of Education (DfE), ‘fundamental British values’ comprise:
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs, and for those without faith
The DfE places a duty on EYFS providers to prepare children for life in modern Britain by developing their understanding of ‘fundamental British values’.
3. HOW WE PROMOTE BRITISH VALUES
We promote British Value through ensuring children learn right from wrong, mix and share with other children and value other’s views, know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and challenge negative attitudes and stereotypes. Examples include:
- Letting children know their views count and encouraging everyone to value each other’s opinions and values. We demonstrate democracy in action, for example, by letting children share views on what activity should come next with a show of hands or through a club council
- Providing activities that involve turn-taking, sharing and collaboration
- Giving children opportunities to develop enquiring minds by creating an atmosphere where all questions are valued
- Involving children in the development of the club, for example, in the planning of activities, the purchase of equipment/toys, the type of food available for snacks and internal and external visits/trips
Rule of Law
- Ensuring that children understand their own and others’ behaviour and its consequences, helping them to distinguish right from wrong
- Working with children to create the rules and the codes of behaviour, such as agreeing the rules about tidying up, and also ensuring children understand that the rules apply to everyone
- Providing opportunities for children to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and increase their confidence in their own abilities, for example, through allowing children to take risks on an obstacle course and talking about their experiences and learning
- Encouraging a range of experiences that allow children to explore the language of feelings and responsibility, reflect on their differences and understand everyone is free to have different opinions
Mutual respect and tolerance
- Encouraging and explaining to children about the importance of tolerant behaviours, such as sharing and respecting each other’s opinions
- Promoting diverse attitudes and challenge stereotypes, for example, by sharing stories that reflect and value the diversity of children’s experiences
- Providing resources and activities that challenge gender, cultural and racial stereotyping
- Creating an ethos of inclusivity and tolerance where views, faiths, cultures and races are valued
- Arranging visits and trips whereby children can engage with the wider community
- Encouraging children to acquire a tolerance, appreciation and respect for their own and other cultures by discussing with children the similarities and differences between themselves and others; and among families, faiths, communities, cultures and traditions
- Sharing and discussing practices, celebrations and experiences through craft or cooking activities
4. NO PLATFORM
Clubland Playscheme will not allow its Club sessions nor its premises to be used:
- To promote or express extremist ideological, religious or political views
- To promote or express discriminatory views in relation to the protected characteristics cited in the Equality Act 2010
- For any reason by an organisation that is proscribed by the Home Secretary under The Terrorism Act 2000.
5. DEFINITION OF TERMS
Premises: The room, space or building used by the club while it is running a session.
Extremist views: Extremism is defined in the Prevent Strategy 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. We also include in our definition of extremism, calls for the death of members of the armed forces, whether in this country or overseas.”
Protected characteristics: The characteristics protected under The Equality Act 2010 are:
- Gender reassignment
- Marriage and civil partnership
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Religion and belief
- Sexual orientation
Proscribed organisations: A list of proscribed organisations can be downloaded here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/proscribed-terror-groups-or-organisations--2
6. RELATED POLICIES
See also related policies: Basic Safeguarding Training, Equal Opportunities Policy and Safeguarding Policy.