Prevent is a government strategy set out in 2011, safeguarding and supporting those vulnerable to radicalisation. It aims to stop people being exploited by or supporting terrorist or extremist causes.
Protecting children from the risk of radicalisation is seen as part of schools’ and childcare providers’ wider safeguarding duties, and is similar in nature to protecting children from other harms (e.g. drugs, gangs, neglect, sexual exploitation), whether these come from within their family or are the product of outside influences. Schools can also build students’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting British Values and enabling them to challenge extremist views. It is important to emphasise that the Prevent duty is not intended to stop students debating controversial issues. On the contrary, it is as much about teaching children values such as tolerance and mutual respect. Importantly, we can provide a safe place for students to discuss any issues so they better understand how to protect themselves.
The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including the extreme right wing, violent Islamist groups and other causes. Additional support and information can be accessed via Educate Against Hate – https://educateagainsthate.com/