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.
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.
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.