Schools are being “overzealous” in referring concerns to social workers as part of their duty to prevent pupils from becoming radicalised, according to claims in a report published today.
The research report published by the Department for Education looks into how children's social care workers in local authorities were responding to radicalisation.
Schools have a legal duty under the Prevent policy to identify children at risk of being radicalised and to take action, for example by referring their concerns to safeguarding teams.
However, the DfE's research found that social workers were concerned about the number of referrals they were receiving from schools and other services.
The report says: “Where universal services [including schools] were perceived to be overzealous or over-sensitive in their referrals, this was felt to be a potential stress on safeguarding and child protection resources."