Prevent Duty

What is the Prevent strategy?

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.

 

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 signs are there to look out for if you are concerned about your son?
  • Suddenly changing how they dress or their appearance.
  • High absence rate from school with no clear reason.
  • Losing interest in friends or activities not associated with a particular ideology, with their behaviour becoming focused on an extreme idea or cause.
  • Possessing or being associated with material or symbols associated with an extremist cause (e.g. the swastika for far-right groups), being in communication with suspected extremists, use of Internet or other social media sites associated with extremism.

 

How does Southborough apply the Prevent strategy?

Many of the things we already do in school help children become positive, happy members of society and also contribute to the Prevent strategy.

These include:

  • 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
  • The effective use of PSHCE days to work closely with our local police and prevent team
  • The use of Personal Development Time each week to ensure students become positive and respectful members of our local community.  

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.

Please refer to our Southborough High School Prevent Strategy – Risk Assessments and Action Plan for further information.

 

Where to go for more information?

If you have any questions or concerns about the Prevent strategy and what it means for your child, please do not hesitate to contact Southborough High School.

The Prevent lead is Mr Dan Edwards (Assistant Headteacher)