Prevent - Our school's Prevent Lead is Mrs Shelley Bennett - Head Teacher
From 1 July 2015 specified authorities, including all schools as defined in the summary of this guidance, 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, also known as the Prevent duty. Bodies to which this duty applies must have regard to statutory guidance issued under section 29 of the CTSA 2015 (‘Prevent Guidance’). Paragraphs 57-76 of the Prevent Guidance are concerned specifically with schools.
The School Prevent Guidance (2015) summarises the requirements in terms of four general themes: risk assessment, working in partnership, staff training and IT policies.
We understand the risks affecting children and young people and understand how to identify individual children who may be at risk of radicalisation and what to do to support them. We will assess the risk of children being drawn into terrorism, including support for extremist ideas such as Right Wing, Far Right, International, Incel, Far Left, and Environmental related influences.
As part of this Duty our designated safeguarding lead will:
- undertake Prevent awareness training and be able to provide advice and support to other members of staff on protecting children and young people from the risk of radicalisation.
- ensure that children and young people are safe from terrorist and extremist material when accessing the internet with us and ensuring that suitable filtering are in place.
- ensure that the Guidance for Schools Duty is fully met as part of a risk assessed approach
- ensure staff are clear on the definition of Extremism, Radicalisation and Terrorism (KCSIE, 2021)
We utilise the ‘educate against hate’ website which provides us with information, tools and resources we need to recognise and address extremism and radicalisation. Training on making Prevent referrals and E- learning is acessed regularly. For further information, please see the Lancashire School's Handbook.