Prevent Duty Guidance for Schools and Child Care Providers Settings

The Prevent Duty Guidance (under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015) places a duty on schools, and child care providers, to “have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.  This legal duty came into force on 1st July 2015.  The duty placed on schools covers 4 areas:

  • Risk Assessment
  • Working in Partnership
  • Staff Training
  • IT Policies

The training element of the Prevent Duty will make this training statutory for all staff in a similar way to Safeguarding training.  There will be a generic, home office approved, training package called “Workshop to Raise Awareness around Prevent” (WRAP). This is suitable for all agencies, can be run in-house (i.e. doesn’t require an outside presenter) and lasts around 60-90 minutes. Information on how to access WRAP training will be available soon.

As well as the Prevent Duty Guidance, you can also access a letter to the Director of Children’s Services:  Safeguarding pupils from extremism and radicalisation

At the beginning of July 2015, the Department for Education released further guidance to help clarify the role of schools under the new “Prevent Duty”.  The DfE Prevent Duty departmental advice and DfE Social Media guidance has been issued to help schools keep children safe from the risk of radicalisation and extremism.  This departmental advice complements the statutory guidance and intends to help schools and childcare providers by:

  • Clarifying what the prevent duty means for schools and childcare providers
  • Outlining what they can do to help protect children from the risk of radicalisation
  • Making clear what schools and childcare providers should do to demonstrate compliance with the duty
  • Informing them about other sources of information, advice and support

All Sefton education providers and child care providers should ensure that they have read these two new documents in conjunction with the “Prevent Duty”.

In addition to this, you can also access the free NCALT Channel/Prevent General Awareness E-Learning Module by clicking on the link below:

NCALT Channel/Prevent General Awareness E-Learning Module

This online piece of training includes information on how Channel links to the government’s counter-terrorism strategy (CONTEST) through the Prevent strategy.  It also provides guidance on how to identify people who may be vulnerable to radicalisation and how to refer them into the Channel programme.  It does not replace the WRAP training that education providers  will be required to ensure staff have received, but it is a good starting point for key staff.

A useful source of information is the Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) website, which contains sources of information and advice about the radicalisation and extremism.