Information about PREVENT
All schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent duty.
To satisfy our Prevent duty we have put in place the following across our school:
Promotion of British Values
Staff training which has included an online courses as well as frequent discussions in staff briefings
IT policies in place to prevent access to inappropriate material in school
A broad and balanced curriculum that creates opportunities for debating issues connected to extremism
A risk assessment which outlines perceived risks and how we guard against them
Partnership with Durham Local Authority Safeguarding Board to ensure our procedures are consistent with child protection policies
What to do if you have a concern if you are a student.
If you are worried that you or one of your friends is at risk of being radicalised (radicalisation means people having increasingly extreme political, social, or religious ideals), you need to speak to your teachers immediately. This could be other students having conversations with groups or individuals connected to extremism or looking at extremist materials on the internet. It could also be students having conversations around school that make you feel worried that they could be being drawn into dangerous situations or that their ideas are shifting away from what is normal.
What to do if you have a concern if you are a member of staff, a parent or a member of the public
If a member of staff in a school has a concern about a particular pupil they should follow the school’s normal safeguarding procedures, including discussing with the school’s designated safeguarding lead, and where deemed necessary, with children’s social care.
You can also contact your local police force or dial 101 (the non-emergency number). They can talk to you in confidence about your concerns and help you gain access to support and advice.
The Department for Education has dedicated a telephone helpline (020 7340 7264) to enable staff and governors to raise concerns relating to extremism directly.
Concerns can also be raised by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that the helpline is not intended for use in emergency situations, such as a child being at immediate risk of harm or a security incident, in which case the normal emergency procedures should be followed.