The aim of the Prevent strategy is to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. Prevent is part of the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy. The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including the extreme right wing, violent Islamist groups and other causes.
How does the Prevent strategy apply to schools?
Since July 2015 all schools (as well as other organisations) have had a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism.
This means we have a responsibility to protect children from extremist, extreme or violent views in the same way as we protect them from drugs or gang violence. This is part of our wider efforts to safeguard children and protect them from harm.
Importantly, as a school we can provide a safe place for pupils to discuss these issues so they can better understand how to protect themselves. Creating an environment in which children feel safe to discuss challenging views is something we believe is important.
What does this mean in practice?
At Three Peaks we support children to become positive, happy members of society which also contributes to the PREVENT strategy.
We have strategies in place to protect children from the risk of radicalisation, such as, using filters on the internet to make sure they can’t access extremist, extreme or terrorist material, or by vetting visitors who come into school to work with pupils.
Different schools will carry out the Prevent duty in different ways, depending on the age of the children and the needs of the community.