Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including the extreme right wing, violent Islamist groups and other causes. School are required, in the exercise of their functions, to have ‘due regard for the need to prevent people being drawn into terrorism’. The legislation sets out that schools must assess the risk of children being drawn into terrorism, and that this assessment should be based on ‘an understanding, shared with partners, of the potential risk in the local area’. It will be necessary for schools
to develop an action plan outlining how identified risks will be addressed.
The Prevent Strategy has three main objectives:
1. Tackle the causes of radicalisation and respond to the ideological challenges of terrorism
2. Safeguard and support those most at risk of radicalisation through early intervention, identifying them and offering support
3. Enable those who have already engaged in terrorism to disengage and rehabilitate
Prevent - Frequently Asked Questions:
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
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. This is what we will focus on at Christ the King.
The school will make sure any discussions are suitable for the age and maturity of the children involved.
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 endeavour to give children the skills to protect them from any extremist views they may encounter, now or later in their lives.
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