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Prevent Duty

Radicalisation refers to the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of

extremism. There is no single way of identifying an individual who is likely to be susceptible to

an extremist ideology. It can happen in many different ways and, as with managing other

safeguarding risks, staff should be alert to changes in children’s behaviour which could indicate

that they may be in need of help or protection. School staff should use their professional

judgement in identifying children who might be at risk of radicalisation and act proportionately

which may include making a referral to the Channel programme.

The statutory Prevent guidance summarises the requirements on schools in terms of four

general themes: risk assessment, working in partnership, staff training and IT policies.

Schools are expected to assess the risk of children being drawn into terrorism, including support

for extremist ideas that are part of terrorist ideology. This means being able to demonstrate

both a general understanding of the risks affecting children and young people in the area and a

specific understanding of how to identify individual children who may be at risk of radicalisation

and what to do to support them. Schools and colleges should have clear procedures in place for

protecting children at risk of radicalisation. These procedures may be set out in existing

safeguarding policies. It is not necessary for schools and colleges to have distinct policies on

implementing the Prevent duty.

The Prevent duty builds on existing local partnership arrangements. For example, Governing

Bodies and proprietors of all schools should ensure that their safeguarding arrangements take

into account the policies and procedures of Bristol Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB).

The Prevent guidance refers to the importance of Prevent awareness training to equip staff to

identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism

The school ICT policy will ensure that suitable filtering systems are in place to prevent children

accessing terrorist and extremist material


School staff should understand when it is appropriate to make a referral to the Channel

programme. Channel is a programme which focuses on providing support at an early stage to

people who are identified as being vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism. It provides a

mechanism for schools to make referrals if they are concerned that an individual might be

vulnerable to radicalisation. An individual’s engagement with the programme is entirely

voluntary at all stages.

The Government has launched a new website, Educate Against Hate. The website is one of

several measures the government is pursuing to counter Islamist extremism. To visit the

website, please visit http://educateagainsthate.com/

The school has produced a leaflet for Parents/Carers also available in the Foyer and on our