Prevent is one part of the government’s counter-terrorism guidance. It can be found described in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015.
The Prevent Duty is the duty of those in authorities to keep people and communities safe from the threat of terrorism. It focuses on preventing people from being drawn into terrorist organisations or ideals.
What does this mean in practice?
Many of the things we already do in school help children to become positive, happy members of society. They also contribute to the Prevent strategy. We take our responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views very seriously. By providing a safe place for pupils to openly discuss related issues we are able to support them to better understand how to protect themselves.
- Explore other cultures and religions and promoting diversity
- Promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils,
- Promote British values such as democracy
- Develop critical thinking skills and a strong, positive self-identity
- Challenge prejudices
- Highlight the Nine Protected Characteristics
- 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
- Have strong vetting procedures in place for visitors who come into school to work with pupils
All staff in Wolviston Primary School receive regular Prevent training. This teaches staff what the Prevent Duty is along with how to apply it in school. Staff know how to spot the signs that a child or young person may be at risk of radicalisation, whether religious or political. Staff know what to do if they suspect a child is going through this to help keep them safe and supported.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does Prevent relate to British values?
Schools have been required to promote British values since 2014, and this will continue to be part of our response to the Prevent strategy.
British values include:
- Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs
- Individual liberty and mutual respect
- The rule of law
Isn’t my child too young to learn about extremism?
The Prevent strategy is not just about discussing extremism itself, which may not be appropriate for younger children. It is also about teaching children values such as tolerance and mutual respect.
The school will make sure any discussions are suitable for the age and maturity of the children involved.
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.
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 us. Parents and carers can find more details about radicalisation in our safeguarding policy.
The following sources may also be useful for further information:
Frequently asked questions, Prevent for Schools
What is Prevent? Let’s Talk About It
Prevent and Countering Extremism in Young People – Advice and Guidance for Parents and Carers