What is Prevent?
Prevent relates to the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 which came into force on 1st July 2015.
From 1st July 2015 all schools are subject to a duty, under section 26 of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015, to have 'due regards to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism,' This duty is known as The Prevent Duty for Schools.
How does it affect us?
All our staff have completed training on the Prevent Duty and know how to recognise and report signs of extremism and radicalisation. Staff are expected to share any concerns with our Safeguarding Leads-
Mrs Pamela Glynn ( Acting Headteacher), Mrs Claire Lees (Acting Deputy Headteacher), Mrs Debbie Dixon(SENCO).
As a school, we encourage pupils to respect other people with particular regard to the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010 ( age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage & civil partnership, pregnancy & maternity, race, religion & belief, sexual orientation).
We also build pupils' resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values.
What is 'Extremism'?
'Extremism' is a vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths & beliefs.
Terrorist groups often draw on extremist ideas developed by extremist organisations.
Protecting children from the risk of radicalisation is seen as part of our schools wider safeguarding duties and is similar in nature to protecting children for other harms eg drugs, gangs, neglect, sexual exploitation, whether these come from within their family or are the product of outside influences.