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PREVENT Duty / Extremism and Radicalisation

Page last updated: 29/03/2017

As of July 2015, the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act (HMG, 2015)  placed a new duty on schools and other education providers. Under section 26 of the Act, schools are required, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent Duty. 

The Education Lead for PREVENT in Essex is Jo Barclay, Safeguarding Adviser to Schools. There is a PREVENT strategic group in Essex, attended by the Education PREVENT Lead and also a CHANNEL Panel, also attended by the Education PREVENT Lead. The Essex SET PREVENT Policy​ is a guide for local partnerships and agencies in Southend, Essex and Thurrock in preventing radicalisation. 

The National Centre for Applied Learning Techniques (NCALT) has produced an on-line learning tool on the CHANNEL programme: NCALT Channel General Awareness​​​

There are multi-agency safeguarding arrangements for PREVENT in Essex.  Radicalisation is a safeguarding issue and any concerns should be discussed with / referred to the FamilyO​perations Hub​ in the usual way.  However, any worker who believes a crime is being committed, or planned, or is aware of any terrorist activity, should contact Essex Police Prevent team without delay.  Further information is available on the ESCB website​.

​Useful Resources

  • The 'Trust Me' resource has been created with teachers in mind after hearing from schools that they wanted a resource which would start the conversations around extremism and extreme online content: Child Net / Trust me​.

  • The DfE has launched a new website educate against hate​ which gives parents, teachers and school leaders practical advice on protecting children from extremism and radicalisation. 
  • Interfaith Explorers​ - A free online learning resource, supported by UNESCO, which helps pupils understand and respect cultural and religious diversity.
  • ​Let's Talk About It (LTAI)​ - An initiative designed to provide practical help and guidance in order to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
  • This online learning offers an introduction to the Prevent duty​, and explains how it aims to safeguard vulnerable people from being radicalised. 
  • The PSHE Association has produced guidance for a 'one-off' lesson plan in response to a terrorist incident: A generic framework for discussing a terrorist attack​ (PSHE, 2016)