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Prevent Duty Guidance

Prevent Duty Guidance for Schools

The Prevent Duty Guidance (under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 ) was released by the Government in March 2015 which places a duty on schools, and other agencies, to “have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.  The duty placed on schools covers 4 areas:

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

The Prevent Duty Guidance can be accessed here: Prevent Duty Guidance 

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

Policy paper; Preventing extremism in the education and children’s services sectors

Within this paper, there is also a link to some additional resources that the DfE has produced that are available to schools via the TES website. 

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