Your Children at Risk
Schools and universities are being asked to take on a prevention role that is not only beyond their scope of knowledge and training, but further, are being asked to effectively police their students based on subjective understandings of what constitutes ‘radical thoughts’. Such subjective assessments will inevitably lead to abuses as bodies will be required to meet targets or prove they are meeting the objectives of preventing individuals from terrorism.
The institutionalisation of the security sector into the education system is a dangerous development due to notions of safeguarding. While safeguarding is an extremely important part of the responsibilities that educators have towards their students, there is a real risk that a mismanagement or misunderstanding of the way that risks of‘terrorism related activity’ can be managed, will result in the over reporting of children or university students and ultimately may lead to serious abuses to their future.