What is Prevent?
Section 29 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a duty on “specified authorities” to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.
Prevent is about stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist activities.
For example the Prevent Duty (1st July 2015 for schools & 18th September 2015 for colleges) Section 26 of the Act states that these organisations have:
- ‘Due regard’ ‘To Prevent’ assess risk of children and young people being drawn into extremism (based upon different potential risks in each local community);
- Work in partnership with LA safeguarding teams and Safeguarding Children’s Boards;
- Appropriate staff training (Prevent awareness raising, including how and who to refer to);
- IT policies that are robust - appropriate usage for children and staff so they are not vulnerable through internet access (including filters);
- Rigorous and regular monitoring of their safeguarding procedures.
Keeping Children Safe in Education (2019) also states that the Designated Safeguarding Lead in schools and colleges is expected to:
- Refer cases to the Channel programme where there is a radicalisation concern as required;
- Support staff who make referrals to the Channel programme;
- Undertake Prevent awareness training;
- Understand and support the school or college with regards to the requirements of the Prevent duty and be able to provide advice and support to staff on protecting children from the risk of radicalisation.
The 3 objectives of Prevent were introduced in June 2011 which aim to challenge terrorism and the risk of radicalisation:
Challenging terrorist ideology by working closely with local and national partners and communities. Utilising social and non mainstream media to introduce counter narratives.
Supporting and safeguarding vulnerable young people and adults at risk of radicalisation.