What is the PREVENT strategy?
PREVENT is a government strategy designed to avoid people being drawn into terrorism or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. The PREVENT strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, included the extreme right wing, violent Islamist groups and other causes.
How does the PREVENT strategy apply to schools?
From July 2015 all schools have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism and have ‘due regard of the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’ (Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act). This is also known as the PREVENT Strategy and its primary concern is to protect children and young people from radicalisation by extremist ideas and ideologies. Extremism is the vocal or active opposition to Fundamental British Values.
What does this mean in practice at Temple Moor?
Many of the things we already do in school to help children become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the PREVENT strategy. The Fundamental British Values, taught at Temple Moor, explore other cultures and religions and promotes diversity. We support young people in this, providing a safe environment for discussing controversial issues and helping young people understand how they can influence and participate in positive decision-making. For further details on Fundamental British Values at Temple moor, please see the relevant section of our school website: http://tmhs.co.uk/british-values/
What do we do if we have a concern?
If a concern is raised about a child, or member of staff, around radicalisation, we operate the following procedures.
There are many other ways in which we ensure the safety of our students, including:
- Our Anti-Bullying Policy (which challenges prejudice and any form of racist or extreme action);
- Our Curriculum (The ‘Qualities’ which are delivered throughout our curriculum, which develop critical thinking and debating skills) and,
- A Safer Internet (we protect children from the risk of radicalisation using filters on the school’s internet to ensure students cannot access extremist and terrorist material).
What should I do if I am concerned about my child or any other child?
If you have any concerns that others are influencing a young person, we encourage you to contact us at school, to discuss.
Alternatively, you can report any concerns electronically through the ‘Speak Up’ link on the school website (insert link). This is monitored on a daily basis during term time and we will always respond.
Children’s Social Work Services are also available on 0113 222 4403 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm). For out of office hours, if you believe a child to be in immediate danger, call the police on 999.
Should you have any further questions or concerns about PREVENT and what it means for your child, please do not hesitate to contact the school. You can also read our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy on the school website.