The Prevent duty
All schools and registered childcare providers are required to ‘have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’; this is called the Prevent duty. The Prevent duty aims to safeguard people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. The duty is intended to help schools and childcare providers think about what they can do to protect children from the risk of radicalisation and suggests how they can access support to do this. It reflects actions that many schools and childcare providers will already be taking to protect children from this risk.
Protecting the children in your care against extremism and radicalisation should be treated in the same way as protecting them from other harms such as drugs, gangs, neglect and sexual exploitation, whether these come from within their family or are the product of outside influences.
Useful organisations and websites
- Act Early UK
- Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) – a website to engage the community in reporting concerns about people who may be involved in extremism / radicalisation
- Child Net / Trust me - A resource which could start conversations around extremism and extreme online content
- Counter Terrorism Policing | Home
- Counter Extremism – Preventing Radicalisation in Schools - developed by the London Grid for Learning (LGfL)
- Educate Against Hate - Government advice and trusted resources for schools to safeguard students.
- ETF Learners from the Education and Learning Foundation
- Going Too Far? (lgfl.org.uk)
- Let’s Talk About It - providing practical help and guidance to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. Includes posters and pocket guides
- PSHE Association - A generic framework for discussing a terrorist attack. Includes guidance for a ‘one-off’ lesson plan in response to a terrorist incident