Home Page Our Safeguarding & Family Support Prevent Duty What is the Prevent strategy? Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including the extreme right wing, violent Islamist groups and other causes. How does the Prevent strategy apply to schools? From July 2015 all schools (as well as other organisations) have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. This means we have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views the same way we protect them from drugs or gang violence. Importantly, we can provide a safe place for pupils to discuss these issues so they better understand how to protect themselves What does this mean in practice? Many of the things we already do in school to help children become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the Prevent strategy. These include: · Exploring other cultures and religions and promoting diversity · Challenging prejudices and racist comments · Developing critical thinking skills and a strong, positive self-identity · Promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, as well as British values which are:- Democracy Rule of law Individual liberty Mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths. We will also protect children from the risk of radicalisation, for example by using filters on the internet to make sure they can’t access extremist and terrorist material, or by vetting visitors who come into school to work with pupils. What can parents do? As a parent, you may be concerned about how radicalisation and extremism could affect your child, in the same way that you are concerned about other issues and risks they face as they grow up in modern day society. Hampshire and IOW PREVENT Partnership Board website has now gone live and can be accessed by the following link: http://www.hampshirepreventboard.org.uk/ It provides a wealth of useful information on national and local guidance, training, resources and links to useful organisations.