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Prevent within Schools

The Prevent strategy aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. While it remains rare for children and young people to become involved in terrorist activity, young people from an early age can be exposed to terrorist and extremist influences or prejudiced views. As with other forms of safeguarding strategies, early intervention is always preferable. Schools, working with other local partners, families and communities, play a key role in ensuring young people and their communities are safe from the threat of terrorism.

From 1 July, local authorities, schools, and childcare providers are under the duty to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. To help schools and childcare providers keep children safe from the risk of radicalisation and extremism the DfE has issued practical Prevent duty advice which complements statutory Prevent duty guidance

The DfE launched a dedicated webpage for the education sector on GOV.UK, detailing what the government is doing to prevent extremism in the education and children's services sectors. The department has also alerted LSCB Chairs to the duty and asked them to reflect it in their threshold documents and training policies. You can contact the department for more information on this communication.

Key Documents
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If you are concerned about the radicalisation of a young person or other family members please refer the case to the County Channel Panel, or contact Early Help or the Central Referral Unit. Please see the prevent presentation (PPTX, 1.8 MB) for more information.

Contact County Lead
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For advice and support please contact Nick.Wilkinson@kent.gov.uk, Prevent and Channel Strategic Manager - Social Care, Health and Wellbeing.