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Prevent in education

Last updated on 07 June 2022

All schools and colleges are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (the CTSA 2015), in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent duty.

Home Office: Revised Prevent duty guidance

The Prevent duty should be seen as part of schools’ and colleges’ wider safeguarding obligations. Designated Safeguarding Leads and other senior leaders in schools should familiarise themselves with the revised Prevent duty guidance especially paragraphs 57-76, which are specifically concerned with schools. Designated safeguarding leads and other senior leaders in colleges should familiarise themselves with the Prevent duty guidance.

The guidance is set out in terms of four general themes:

  • risk assessment
  • working in partnership
  • staff training
  • and IT policies.

Channel

Channel is a voluntary, confidential support programme which focuses on providing support at an early stage to people who are identified as being vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism. Prevent referrals may be passed to a multi-agency Channel panel, which will discuss the individual referred to determine whether they are vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism and consider the appropriate support required. A representative from the school or college may be asked to attend the Channel panel to help with this assessment. An individual’s engagement with the programme is entirely voluntary at all stages.

In the case of a child moving schools the Designated Safeguarding Lead should consider if it would be appropriate to share any information with the new school or college in advance of a child leaving. For example, information that would allow the new school or college to continue supporting victims of abuse or those who are currently receiving support through the ‘Channel’ programme, and have that support in place for when the child arrives.

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.

Training

HCC DSL Prevent Lead Train the Trainer 

Next date for DSL Prevent Leads Train the Trainer is on the 23rd November 2022 10am – 1pm via Microsoft Teams, to book please email cpsloadmin@hertfordshire.gov.uk with delegates name and email address.

Please note this training is only available for DSL within education.

The following documents are only available to delegates who have attended the DSL Prevent Lead Train the Trainer sessions.

Please contact cpsloadmin@hertfordshire.gov.uk to obtain the password if you have attended the training.

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

Home Office e-learning modules

The Home Office has developed three e-learning modules:

It is recommendation that all staff complete the Prevent Duty module annually.

Prevent awareness e-learning offers an introduction to the Prevent duty.

Home Office: Prevent introduction e-learning

It is recommended that pastoral/safeguarding staff additionally take the 2 modules below on an annual basis.

Prevent referrals e-learning supports staff to make Prevent referrals that are robust, informed and with good intention.

Home Office: Prevent referrals e-learning

Channel awareness e-learning is aimed at staff who may be asked to contribute to or sit on a multi-agency Channel panel.

Home Office: Channel awareness

Resources

Educate Against Hate

This is a government website designed to support school teachers and leaders to help them safeguard their students from radicalisation and extremism. The platform provides free information and resources to help school staff identify and address the risks, as well as build resilience to radicalisation.

The Department for Education's Educate Against Hate campaign has released four resource packs to help teachers with difficult classroom conversations about topics such as extreme right-wing terrorism, Islamist extremism, fundamental British values and left-wing, anarchist and single-issue extremism.

Educate Against Hate: resource packs

Aimed at KS3, KS4 and FE each resource pack provides teachers with a short film, lesson plan, classroom task and PowerPoint presentation to help them facilitate classroom conversations and build their students' resilience to extremist ideologies.

Government advice and trusted resources for schools to safeguard students from radicalisation, build resilience to all types of extremism and promote shared values.

Educate Against Hate: Prevent radicalisation and extremism

ACT Early

Radicalisation is the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and extremist ideologies. If you are worried someone close to you is becoming radicalised, act early and seek help. The sooner you reach out, the quicker we can protect the person you care about from being groomed and exploited by extremists.

ACT: Action Counters Terrorism

London Grid for Learning

Resources on this site which can aid in policy, practice and implementation of Prevent in education settings:

LGfL: Implement Prevent

Continuing the theme of excellent resources, one that may not have come across your radar is Going Too Far, a collaboration between the London Grid for Learning and the DfE. The resource, although aimed at younger learners, may be exceedingly useful as a conversation starter or adapted for use with 16-18 cohorts in particular. Going Too Far looks at extremist content online - a subject you'll be familiar with from my training sessions - including how to recognise it, when it crosses into criminality, and where to get support. There are multiple case studies, resources, and a section for SEND learners too.

First published 08 January 2021 - Last updated on 07 June 2022