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Prevent

The Prevent duty requires our school to “have due regard to the need to prevent people being drawn into terrorism,” according to Home Office guidance.

Teach a broad and balanced curriculum

Our curriculum:

  • Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of our children. As part of this, we promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
  • Prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life
  • Promotes community cohesion

School is a safe space

To prevent children from being drawn into terrorism, we have a responsibility to make sure our school is a place where children can understand and discuss sensitive and controversial topics such as terrorism and extremist ideas, and learn how to challenge them. (To see definitions of terms such as ‘terrorism’ and ‘extremism’, go to section F of the Home Office guidance).

The Prevent duty isn’t there to stop these issues being discussed.

We can build children’ resilience to radicalisation through:

  • Personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE)
  • Thinking Inclusively and P4C  – these should equip children to think critically and make reasoned arguments, and teach them about topics such as democracy and the need for mutual respect

Staff follow safeguarding procedures to report a concern

We’re required to protect children from the risk of radicalisation as part of our wider safeguarding duties.

To do this, we:

  • Have a robust safeguarding policy to identify children at risk and then intervene as appropriate
  • Where there’s a concern, we consider the level of risk and decide which agency to make a referral to. This could include Channel, the government’s programme for identifying and supporting individuals at risk of being drawn into terrorism, or children’s social services

Assess the risks of pupils being drawn into terrorism

We’ll need to:

  • Complete a risk assessment –  to help determine potential risk in your local area
  • Set out protocols to make sure visiting speakers are suitable and appropriately supervised
  • Assess the risk of activities taking place on the school site, including if it’s used by local groups outside school hours, and determine whether these pose a threat to pupils

Incorporate the duty into existing policies

We don’t need a separate policy for the Prevent duty, but we make sure it is included within existing policies including the safeguarding policy, digital policy and behaviour policy to cover the protection of children at risk of radicalisation.

Keep children safe online

We’re expected to have measures in place to protect children from terrorist or extremist material when using the internet at school. This includes setting up appropriate filtering systems.

Work together with agencies…

Take into account the policies and procedures of local safeguarding partners and update our policies to reflect these arrangements.

…and parents

Parents are “in a key position to spot signs of radicalisation”, and so we engage effectively with them. We would help and advise families who raise concerns and point them to the right support mechanisms.