In 2011 the Government reviewed CONTEST and the Prevent Strategy in particular. The focus changed and the objectives were revised as follows:
- respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat from those who promote it
- prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support
- work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to address
The aim of ‘Prevent’ is to stop people becoming or supporting terrorists and to do this by challenging ideologies, protecting vulnerable individuals and supporting institutions, such as schools. It is part of the National Counter Terrorism Strategy known as CONTEST.
At the end of March 2015, the Counter Terrorism and Security Act received Royal Assent. The Act includes a new duty to Prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. This duty applies to a range of organisations, including schools. Extremism and radicalisation are just another part of our school’s safeguarding duties.
What is the Prevent Duty?
There are four key duties for schools: Identify local risks, identify at risk students, work in partnership with other agencies and to keep children safe online, where much of the radicalisation takes place. The Prevent duty applies to all schools, whether state-funded or independent, as well as early years providers and children’s homes.
All of Bader Primary School’s teaching staff have engaged in Prevent training though SSS on-line training. This is an example of the certification received: