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PREVENT Duty / Extremism and Radicalisation

Page last updated: 23/09/2021

Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE, 2021) sets out that, similar to protecting children from other forms of harms and abuse, protecting children from radicalisation should be seen as part of schools' and colleges' wider safeguarding duties.

In addition, the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act (HMG, 2015) placed a duty on schools and other education providers. Under Section 26 schools must, in the exercise of their functions, have 'due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism'. This is the Prevent Duty.

Prevent in Essex

The Education Lead for Prevent in Essex is Jo Barclay, Head of Education Safeguarding and Wellbeing.

This multi-agency group has strategic oversight of the Essex SET Prevent policy and guidance and provides direction and co-ordination of the agencies that deliver on the Prevent agenda across the county. 

The Education Prevent Lead attends the strategic group and provides relevant information, resources and training materials for education settings. 

If a setting has concerns about radicalisation or extremism, or if they feel a child is at risk of (or subject to) harm because of these issues, they should contact the Children and Families Hub in the first instance – as for any other safeguarding concern.

Essex Channel Panel

Channel is a national programme which focuses on providing support at an early stage to individuals identified as being vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism. The multi-agency Channel Panel in Essex meets on a monthly basis. It is attended by the Education Lead along with senior managers from other key agencies.

To refer someone to Channel, please complete this referral form and send it to Essex Police, using the email address provided on the form. Accepted referrals will be considered at the next available Channel meeting.

Preventing radicalisation in Southend, Essex and Thurrock. Guide covers Southend, Essex and Thurrock.

Key documents

Useful websites

  • Educate Against Hate (HMG, 2018) - Government advice and trusted resources for schools to safeguard students.
  • Let's Talk About It - providing practical help and guidance to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. Includes posters and pocket guides
  • PSHE Association - A generic framework for discussing a terrorist attack. Includes guidance for a 'one-off' lesson plan in response to a terrorist incide

Online Training

Presentations and online learning programmes are available on the Safeguarding Training Page