PREVENTING RADICALISATION (PREVENT DUTY)
From 1 July 2015 all schools, registered early years childcare providers and registered later years childcare providers are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the duty of their functions, to have "due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism."
In order for schools and childcare providers to fulfil the PREVENT DUTY, it is essential that staff are able to identifiy children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation, and know what to do when they are identified. Protecting children from the risk of radicalisation shoiuls be seen as part of the schools' and childcare providers' wider safeguarding duties, and is similar in nature to protecting childrenfrom other harms ( e.g. drugs, gangs, neglect, sexual exploitation), whether these come from within the family or are the product of outside influences.
Schools and childcare providers can also build pupils' resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British Values and enabling them to challenge extremist views. It is important to emphasise thet the PREVENT DUTY is not intended to stop pupils debating controversial issues.
On the contrary, schools should provide a safe space in which children, young people and staff can understand the risks associated with terrorism and devllop the knowledge and skills to be able to challenge extremist arguments.
For early years providers, the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage sets standards for learning from 0-5, thereby assisteing their personal, social and emotional devlopment and understanding of the world. (Prevent Duty Guidance - DFE-001742015).
ALL CONCERNS SHOULD BE REPORTED TO:
MRS MCMANUS - Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)/Headteacher
MRS BENFORD - DSL 2/ Assistant Headteacher