Since July 2015, all schools (as well as other organisations) have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. Prevent is part of CONTEST, a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. 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.
There are many things that we already do in school to help pupils become positive, happy members of society that support the Prevent Strategy.
· Exploring other cultures and religions 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 school to work with pupils.
If you have any questions or concerns about The Prevent Strategy and what it means for your child, please do not hesitate to contact the school.
You will find more information about radicalisation in our safeguarding policy which is available on our website.
The following external sources may be useful for further information:
Prevent duty guidance: for England and Wales, HM Government
Frequently asked questions, Prevent For Schools
What is Prevent? Let’s Talk About It
Keep them safe is a free online learning tool from Pace
Victvs Parents Guide to Extremism and Radicalisation
KD Safeguarding - Guide for parents and teachers - How to talk to children about terrorism…
Child Safety Online - Social Media Guidance
At St John’s C.E Primary School we have a team of trained Safeguarding Leads who work across the school to ensure the safety and well-being of all pupils.