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Prevent in education

Last updated on 25 August 2021

Prevent is part of the National Government Counter Terrorism Strategy called CONTEST, updated in 2018 to CONTEST 3. From the 1st July 2015 the strategy introduced a statutory duty, the Prevent duty which places a duty on schools, registered childcare providers, Local Authorities and other specified institutions to prevent people being drawn into terrorism and extremism. The Prevent duty sits alongside Working Together to Safeguard Children and Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance - safeguarding in broader circumstances Inc. Contextual/Extra-familial Safeguarding.

Referral route via the CP Consultation HUB advice line

If a DSL contacts the Consultation HUB for child protection advice in respect of concerns around radicalisation for a child, the advisers are now able to sign post them to the Prevent Programme Manager to discuss the case where it is felt that the concerns evidence a likely risk of harm. They will be able to support with a referral to the Prevent Police team and Hertfordshire’s Channel Programme.

Where there are clear significant or immediate safeguarding concerns it is still expected that DSLs refer to the Prevent Police and/or Children’s Services immediately via the normal reporting routes using the Prevent national referral form.

Prevent training for DSLs

Due to the success of the Prevent Training that was rolled out in the last term, we are pleased to announce once final session to accommodate those that could not attend previously. The session will be on the 5th October 2021 10am – 1pm please book by emailing with the name of the DSL attending and email address.

The course will cover:

  • counter terrorism strategy
  • definitions and terminology
  • the Prevent Duty for your setting and Ofsted Inspection Framework
  • vulnerabilities and characteristics that increase risk of radicalisation
  • spotting the signs
  • things to look out for
  • notice, check, share
  • Channel Programme
  • case studies
  • fundamental British values

The following documents are only available to delegates who have attended Prevent Training. The documents are password protected. Please contact to obtain the password.

First published 08 January 2021 - Last updated on 25 August 2021