Prevent in Schools
Why Prevent in schools is important?
1. Statutory Duty to protect vulnerable children – 'The Prevent duty in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 on specificed authorities, in the excercise of their functions, to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.'
2. Children and young people can easily be exposed to extremist ideology. Research suggests they are the most targeted group by radicalisers, this information can be found on the statistical published document - 'Individuals reffered to and supported through the Prevent programme, April 2016 to March 2017'. This can make it difficult for young people to develop and grow within their social and educational life. This also poses a very real risk that our young people could potentially, be groomed to support or partake in an act deemed to be an Act of Terrorism.
Channel Referral – Open Source documentation (https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/home-office)
- Between April 2017 and the end of March 2014, Channel (Channel is the multi-agency approach to identify and provide support to individuals who are at risk of being drawn into terrorism) received a total of 1450 referrals for young people under 18 years of age at the time they were referred.' - National Channel Referral Figures, ACPO
It’s crucial to note here the vital role that schools (all) play in safeguarding children. The Governments recent guidance sets out to acknowledge this –- 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' (Published in April 2014). https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/keeping-children-safe-in-education--2
Hounslow Prevent and Counter Extremism Team
- Say who we are and what we do here – copy and paste if you need to from the TCS.
Recommendation on areas of policy and procedures your education establishment should consider.
In the light of recent terrorist related activities, and the requirements of the Prevent Duty (https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/445977/3799_Revised_Prevent_Duty_Guidance__England_Wales_V2-Interactive.pdf) It may be useful for schools to review their safeguarding policies and procedures and ensure they contain some or all of the following elements: - Does your schools safe-guarding and child protection policies need updating? Remember they must recognise and highlight how you will tackle any potential risk/s from radicalisation or violent extremism.
- Are your teaching staff able to recognise when a pupil might be at risk of engaging in violent extremist activity or be coerced / groomed into engaging with extremist type ideology? Would your staff know whom to contact in the first instance for advice and be confident to engage with the young person?
- Is there a possibility that pupils and staff, could un-intentionally be exposed to extremism or extremist activity? E.g. internet and social media use or through access to un vetted, external visitors and speakers?
- Consider as a school, how the proposed changes from the DfE (Department of Education) consultation document on promotion of 'British Values' might affect your school? - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/guidance-on-promoting-british-values-in-schools-published
'Safeguarding vulnerable people from radicalisation is no different from safeguarding them from other forms of harm' - Home Office, The Prevent Strategy. (footnote 3)
What tangible support is available?
Locally – Hounslow’s Prevent and Counter Extremism team are able to offer advice and support for education establishments in a number of ways, these include but are not limited to:
- The offer of FREE training including WRAP3 (WRAP4 Unveiled late 2018) for all staff – delivered by highly skilled and experienced staff. put hyperlink here.
- Access to current educational tools e.g. Educate Against Hate website and the London Grid for Learning,
- Support to schools in carrying out a review of existing safeguarding (Prevent) policies and procedures to ensure they comply with the Counter Terrorism & Security Act 2015 – Prevent Duty (hyperlink here)
- Support for schools in the adaptation of the curriculum to address the emerging issues / threats Access to the Prevent and Counter Extremism team who can support with key issues around radicalisation, extremism, cohesion and Counter extremist behaviors.