The Prevent Duty In Education
The Duty applies to “specified authorities” who are inspected for compliance by Ofsted (utilising their Education Inspection Framework), this means that all schools and childcare providers have a legal duty to “have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. Prevent covers all forms of terrorism and extremism, including right wing terrorism, violent Islamist extremism, and emerging risks such as mass shootings and the Involuntary Celibate movement. It’s about everyone taking responsibility and knowing what to do if they have concerns.
The Prevent strategy focuses on three key areas:
- To respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it.
- Divert people away from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given help and support.
- Work with sectors and institutions (including education), where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to address.
Kent and Medway is a priority area for Prevent and has a dedicated team of professionals that support sectors and intuitions to fulfil the requirements of the Prevent Duty and support those at risk of radicalisation. The team includes two education officers, working in partnership with the Department for Education, to provide free support, training, and guidance to education settings to develop and embed a whole school approach to the Prevent duty.
Protecting children and young people from the risk of radicalisation, is a key part of your setting overall safeguarding responsibilities, it’s important that all staff and governors know how to protect them from this threat. Understanding how to embed the Prevent Duty as part of your wider approach to safeguarding and across the curriculum will help you to protect children, young people, from the risks of radicalisation, violent extremism, becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
Prevent Duty guidance refresh
The Prevent Duty guidance has been refreshed and updated to reflect recommendations of the independent review of Prevent. The independent review found there were some areas where we could strengthen the programme and we've worked closely with those sectors impacted, including education, to improve them.
You can read more about what the key changes are, how they affect different phases of education and what support is available by reading the ‘how we’re safeguarding learners from radicalisation’ blog post from the Department for Education.
There are no new legal requirements or additional responsibilities for education settings, and changes aren’t anticipated to come into effect until 31 December 2023 at the earliest.
- Ideological causes of terrorism
- Updated terminology
- Managing risk
- Information sharing
In addition, for further education
- External speakers and events
Support available for education settings
Education settings looking for more information on what the changes to the guidance mean for them can find them below:
- You can find out more information on how the updates affect your sector here: early years and schools, further education and skills, higher education providers, and local authority children’s services teams
- New risk assessment templates for all phases of education
- Updated existing guidance to the sector to reflect the refreshed Prevent duty guidance
- The dedicated Prevent website - Educate Against Hate. You can sign-up to their newsletter to regularly receive new resources, tools and practical advice.
- Watch: The Prevent Duty: the role of education in safeguarding learners from radicalisation
This page contains a range of information, resources, advice, and guidance that is intended to support education and childcare providers to think about what they can do to protect children and young people from the risk of radicalisation and how they can access support to do this.
- National Prevent referral form
- DfE school security advice
- Educate against hate - DfE
- Action Counters Terrorism
- South East Counter Terrorism Unit (SECTU), assessment tool (PDF, 144.9 KB) (pdf version)
- South East Counter Terrorism Unit (SECTU), assessment tool (DOCX, 221.7 KB) (word version)
- Department for Education response to Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) (PDF, 134.0 KB)
- Channel guidance (PDF, 504.0 KB)
- Support for children, parents and teachers: victims of terrorism
- Parent toolkit - online issues (PDF, 443.0 KB)
- Prevent training for education settings (PDF, 272.1 KB)
- Prevent schools risk assessment
- Prevent Duty guidance
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. If you wish to talk to the Prevent Education Officer please email Sally.Green2@kent.gov.uk.
Prevent Education Officer newsletter
- Prevent Education Officer newsletter - October 2023 (PDF, 756.8 KB)
- Prevent Education Officer newsletter - November 2022 (PDF, 755.8 KB)
- Prevent Education Officer newsletter - September 2022 (PDF, 799.1 KB)
- Prevent Education Officer newsletter - June 2022 (PDF, 1.3 MB)
- Prevent Education Officer newsletter - January 2022 (PDF, 498.4 KB)
Prevent Education Officers, supporting education settings across Kent and Medway to fulfil their responsibilities under the Prevent Duty.
- Contact Sally Green - Ashford, Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone and Hythe, Swale and Thanet
- Sally Green - Sally.Green2@kent.gov.uk - Dartford, Gravesham, Maidstone, Medway, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Malling, Tunbridge Wells
Community Engagement Officer, providing support, guidance and developing relationships across Kent and Medway communities and partners. Educating about Prevent and building resilience to extremist influences.
- Currently recruiting
Prevent Coordinator, coordinates Prevent activity across Kent and Medway agencies, develops and oversees a partnership Prevent plan, and delivers Prevent training to a range of agencies.
- Jess Harman - Jess.Harman@kent.gov.uk
Assistant Director Contest and Serious Organised Crime (SOC), strategic lead for Prevent, counter terrorism coordinator for Kent County Council, chair of Kent Channel Panel.
- Nick Wilkinson - Nick.Wilkinson@kent.gov.uk