What is the prevent duty?
The Prevent duty requires all schools to "have due regard to the need to prevent people being drawn into terrorism", under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015. The duty covers all types of extremism, whether political, religious or ideological.
What does it mean for our school?
We need to protect pupils from the risk of radicalisation as part of our wider safeguarding duties and our duty to promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils.
To ensure that we do this we:
- Promote fundamental British values in our curriculum
- Make sure our school is a safe space for pupils to discuss sensitive topics of all kinds, including terrorism and extremism
- Ensure we have robust safeguarding procedures to identify children at risk
- Engage with our Local Authority so that we can understand and determine the potential risk of individuals being drawn into terrorism in our local area
- Make sure we have measures in place to protect pupils from harmful online content, including setting up appropriate filtering systems
- Make sure staff receive training to help them identify pupils at risk, challenge extremist ideas, and know how to act if they have any concerns
The following link has really useful information on how you can help to protect your child at home:
The Leeds Prevent Team have released the following information to remind parents about the support that is available during holiday times: