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Prevent Strategy

HM Government has published guidance for authorities, including schools, on their responsibilities under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act, which came into effect on 1 July 2015.

Under the Act, schools and other authorities have a duty to “have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.

What is the Prevent strategy?

Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes.

The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including the extreme right wing, violent Islamist groups and other causes.

How does the Prevent strategy apply to schools?

From July 2015 all schools (as well as other organisations) have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. 

This means we have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views the same way we protect them from other dangers.

Importantly, we can provide a safe place for pupils to discuss these issues so they better understand how to protect themselves.

 

What does this mean in practice?

Many of the things we already do in school to help children become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the Prevent strategy.

These include:

  • Exploring other cultures and religions and promoting diversity
  • Challenging prejudices and racist comments
  • Developing critical thinking skills and a strong, positive self-identity
  • Promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, as well as British values such as democracy

We will also protect children from the risk of radicalisation, for example by using filters on the internet to make sure they can’t access extremist and terrorist material, or by vetting visitors who come into school to work with pupils.

Different schools will carry out the Prevent duty in different ways, depending on the age of the children and the needs of the community. 

Frequently Asked Questions


How does Prevent relate to British values?

Schools have been required to ‘actively promote British values’ since 2014, and this will continue to be part of our response to the Prevent strategy.

British values include:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty and mutual respect
  • Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs


Isn’t my child too young to learn about extremism?

The Prevent strategy is not just about discussing extremism itself, it is also about teaching children values such as tolerance and mutual respect.  Beyond the classroom pupils also engage in a wide range of activities that build confidence and resilience and broaden our pupils’ horizons.  Some of the activities that take place here at Fulwood Academy that are particularly relevant to building British values are:

  • Holding mock elections
  • Pupil debates within subject areas
  • Pupil leadership opportunities through the House system and prefects
  • Study visits to eg France
  • Celebrating the diversity of our school community through assemblies and plays



Is extremism really a risk in our area?

Extremism can take many forms, including political, religious and misogynistic extremism. Some of these may be a bigger threat in our area than others.

We will give children the skills to protect them from any extremist views they may encounter, now or later in their lives.


Internet safety

We are aware that young people can be exposed to extremist influences or prejudiced views from an early age which emanate from a variety of sources and media, including via the internet.  E-safety is an important part of the work that we do as a school. 

 

How can we support an individual if they are at risk?

 

In the first instance the school will contact the Police Prevent team for initial advice and keep them updated with any further actions that are taken such as:

  • we may talk to the family, if appropriate, or other professionals who may be involved with or working with the child/young person/family about the concerns and seek their views
  • we may potentially seek consent to complete an early intervention assessment (CAF) to help build a holistic perspective of the situation and to determine if there are additional needs and how these could be met
  • alternatively, we may contact other relevant agencies and seek to engage them in a Team around the Family (TAF) approach to support the child/young person and their family.

However, if the school has evidence or reason to believe that a child or young person may already be engaged in or drawn towards violence or violent extremism or in contact with others who engage in or promote  violence the school will make an immediate referral to the Police Prevent team.

Key Terms

 

Extremism – vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values such as democracy, the rule of law and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

Ideology – a set of beliefs

Terrorism – a violent action against people or property, designed to create fear and advance a political, religious or ideological cause

Radicalisation – the process by which a person comes to support extremism and terrorism

Where to go for more information

 

Contact the school

If you have any questions or concerns about the Prevent strategy and what it means for your child, please do not hesitate to contact the school.  Our Designated Lead for Prevent is Miss Samantha Wells (DSL).

 

External sources

The following sources may also be useful for further information:

Prevent duty guidance: for England and Wales, HM Government:  www.homeoffice.gov.uk

What is Prevent? Let’s Talk About It:  http://www.ltai.info/what-is-prevent/

Frequently asked questions, Prevent For Schools:  http://www.preventforschools.org/?category_id=38

Police Prevent team:  concern@lancashire.pnn.police.uk

(the Channel Police practitioner will make an initial assessment and advise)

If the person is not suitable for Channel they can be directed to safeguarding and support services.

 

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