Prevent is one of the key elements of CONTEST, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy and it aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. While it remains rare for children and young people to become involved in terrorist activity, young people from an early age can be exposed to terrorist and extremist influences or prejudiced views. As with other forms of safeguarding strategies, early intervention is always preferable.
Schools working with other local partners, families and communities, play a key role in ensuring young people and their communities are safe from the threat of terrorism.
The Prevent strategy identifies that young people are more likely to be vulnerable to violent extremist or terrorist narratives.
Schools and colleges have a duty of care to their pupils and staff which includes safeguarding them from the risk of being drawn into terrorism.
Free Workshops from Nicola Benyahia, Families For Life
We are excited to welcome Nicola Benyahia to Buckinghamshire, where she will be delivering some engaging free workshops to raise awareness on radicalisation from a family perspective.
Nicola’s son, Rasheed, travelled to join ISIS and was sadly killed in 2015. Nicola is a qualified councillor and currently runs an organisation called Families for life (https://familiesforlife.org.uk/) which supports families affected by violence radicalisation.
In these workshops, Nicola will share her own story whilst delivering training on spotting the signs of radicalisation and how to access support. This is particularly important as the first to notice differences in behaviour of those vulnerable to radicalisation tend to be family members.
At the Prevent community roundtable, councillors expressed that there was little support for families effected by extremism and it is hoped that these workshops will act as a response to these concerns.
Nicola also delivers Mentoring for Life – a mentoring scheme for girls aged 16 – 19
Free Resilient Families Workshops from Parentzone
Parentzone will be delivering free Resilient Families workshops on Digital Resilience, across Buckinghamshire, as part of our Prevent Strategy. As we know Internet safety has never been more important – and parents need the tools and knowledge to help their children stay safer online.
The workshop explores digital risks and explains how to respond. Sessions are 60 minutes long.
If you know any families who may be interested in attending a session, or if you would be interested in hosting a session, please let us know.
Free Workshops from Solutions Not Sides
Buckinghamshire Council are offering secondary schools the opportunity to take part in this innovative programme.
The goal is to empower young people with the knowledge, empathy and skills to promote dialogue and conflict resolution, and to challenge prejudice, particularly antisemitism and anti-Muslim Hate.
Students learn the difference between positions and interests, and how they can apply this understanding to explore meaningful solutions. Students have the unique opportunity to learn from people who are living in the region and/or are involved in working for conflict resolution in Israel/Palestine. The skills and experiences gained through participation in the workshops are transferable to other conflict situations, both in personal and geo-political contexts. They use Israeli and Palestinian speakers to explore the situation in Palestine and the issues that fall-out from that conflict.
As an example they can offer :
- Pre-session – video & booklet for staff to deliver
- Information on how it links to the Curriculum/PHSE
- An hour long workshop meeting the two speakers with Q&A
- Optional additional session on solution activity around borders, immigration
They can also provide teacher training sessions on how to address controversial subjects – prejudice, racism, etc.
For more information please contact Alison Watts
Implementing the Prevent Duty in Education Toolkit
We have created a new toolkit to support educational settings with Prevent, whether revising school policies, seeking advice about Ofsted and Prevent, learning about these safeguarding responsibilities for the first time or understanding how to equip young people to cope with the threat of extremism.
The toolkit includes self-assessment templates, risk self-assessments and information on reporting and who to contact for advice.
Alongside the toolkit, training is available for schools.
Alongside the Governor Prevent Training and training on promoting British values, there is a Governor Handbook produced by the DfE which can be downloaded here:
We can provide schools with free training and workshops on :
- Prevent for staff, governors and parents
- Becoming a Prevent Trainer
- Zak Interactive Resource
- Maryam & Joe Interactive Resource
- Student Workshops
For information on how to book these courses please contact us.
ActEarly New Website
Counter Terrorism Police launched the following website :
The new Act Early site will provide advice, guidance and support for anyone concerned that someone they know may be at risk. This is to encourage friends and families to share concerns about loved ones via the dedicated helpline staffed by police Prevent officers. Further advice can be found on spotting the signs, support available and example case studies.