This page is designed to give parents information about the PREVENT duty placed upon schools. Look out for further information which will be shared in newsletters throughout the year. The PREVENT approach at Our Lady of the Rosary is very much part of our curriculum, culture and processes. We see it as an integral aspect in promoting the safeguarding and well-being of our children. Mrs Bradley is our PREVENT Lead and coordinates this work as part of her responsibility for Safeguarding. She is the Single Point of Contact (SPOC) and can be contacted on 0117 903 0025 if you wish to report any concerns.
Our local PCSO's (Police Community Support Officers) are Honor Furness and Erin Pell-Coggins. They visit the school to share about Stranger Danger (Year 3 and 4), Talking to Strangers online (Year 5) and Sharing images online (Year 6).
Prevent Duty Statement
On 1 July 2015 the Prevent duty (section 26) of The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 came into force. This duty places the responsibility on local authorities and schools to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. It covers a broad range of radicalisation, not just Islamic extremism but also the far right.
Our lady of the Rosary Primary School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. As a school we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is as important as safeguarding against any other vulnerability.
What is the Prevent Duty?
Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. At Our Lady, we also believe that this work extends to supporting children's Habits of Mind so that they grow up without developing extreme views.
The Prevent Duty covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including the extreme right wing, violent Islamist groups and other causes.
How does the Prevent Duty 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, extreme or violent views in the same way as we protect them from drugs or gang violence. This is part of our wider efforts to safeguard children and protect them from harm.
Importantly, as an educational setting, we can provide a safe place for pupils to discuss these issues so they better understand how to protect themselves. We believe it is important for children to have an environment in which they feel safe to discuss challenging views.
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 Duty.
Exploring other cultures and religions and promoting diversity.
Challenging prejudices (behaviour which contradicts any aspect of Equality Law).
Developing Habits of Mind and a strong, positive self-identity.
Promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, as well as British values, such as democracy.
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, extreme or terrorist material, or by vetting visitors who come into school to work with pupils.
Different schools will carry out the Prevent duty in different ways, depending on the age of the children and the needs of the community.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does Prevent relate to British values?
Schools have been required to promote British values since 2014, and this will continue to be part of our response to the Prevent Duty.
British values include:
The Rule of Law
Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs
Isn’t my child too young to learn about extremism?
The Prevent Duty is not simply about discussing extremism itself, which may not be appropriate for younger children. It is also about teaching children values such as tolerance and mutual respect.
The school will make sure any discussions are suitable for the age and maturity of the children involved.
Is extremism really a risk in our area?
Extremism can take many forms, including political, religious and misogynistic extremism. Some of these may be a bigger threat in our area than others.
We will give children the skills to protect them from any extremist views they may encounter, now or later in their lives.
Extremism – vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values such as democracy, the rule of law and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs
Ideology – a set of beliefs
Terrorism – a violent action against people or property, designed to create fear and advance a political, religious or ideological cause
Radicalisation – the process by which a person comes to support extremist behaviour
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