What is the Prevent Duty?
Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. The Prevent Duty covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including the extreme right wing, violent Islamist groups and other causes.
How does the Prevent strategy apply to schools?
From July 2015 all schools (as well as other organisations) have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism.
This means we have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views the same way we protect them from drugs or gang violence.
Importantly, we can provide a safe place for pupils to discuss these issues so they better understand how to protect themselves.
What does this mean in practice?
Many of the things we already do in school to help children become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the Prevent Duty.
· Exploring other cultures and religions and promoting diversity.
· Challenging prejudices and racist comments
· Developing critical thinking skills and a strong, positive self -identity.
· Promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, as well as British values such as democracy
We will also protect children from the risk of radicalisation, for example by using filters on the internet to make sure they can’t access extremist and terrorist material, or by vetting visitors who come into schools.
How does Prevent relate to British values?
Schools have been required to promote British values since 2014, and this will continue to be part of our response to the Prevent strategy.
British values include:
· The rule of law
· Individual liberty and mutual respect
· Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.
Isn’t my child too young to learn about extremism?
The Prevent strategy is not just about discussing extremism itself, which may not be appropriate for younger children. It is also about teaching children values such as tolerance and mutual respect.
Is extremism really a risk in our area?
Extremism can take many forms, including political, religious and misogynistic extremism, Some of these may be a bigger threat in our area than others.
We will give children the skills to protect them from any extremist views they may encounter.
Where to go for more information?
Prevent Duty Contact at the school: Mrs. Elizabeth Long (Headteacher)
If you have any questions or concerns about the Prevent Duty and what it means for your child please do not hesitate to contact the school either by telephone on 0114 2310044 or by email to email@example.com
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