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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 DfE for more information on this communication.

Kent and Medway now have a dedicated Prevent Education Officer. This role is to support schools with prevent referrals, training and guidance. You can contact the Prevent Education Officer at sally.green2@kent.gov.uk.

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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. If you wish to talk to the Prevent Education Officer please email sally.green2@kent.gov.uk.

Kent and Medway Prevent Team
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Nick Wilkinson - Prevent and Channel Strategic Manager - Strategic lead for Prevent, counter terrorism coordinator for Kent County Council, chair of Kent Channel Panel. Chairs South East Prevent and Channel Chairs meeting. Lead officer for Kent Community Safety Agreement priority of Preventing Extremism and Hate Crime. Nick.wilkinson@kent.gov.uk.

Laura Wright - 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. Laura.wright@kent.gov.uk.

Sally Green - Prevent Education Officer (PEO) - Supporting educational establishments across Kent and Medway up to Secondary level to implement Prevent through teaching, training and guidance. Partnership working with Department for Education and network of PEO’s. sally.green2@kent.gov.uk.

Helene Morris - Channel Coordinator - Case managing of Channel referrals and assessing the vulnerability and risk of an individual to radicalisation. Co-ordinating and working closely with statutory agencies, including Home Office intervention providers to create bespoke intervention plans for all individuals recognised as needing relevant Channel support. Helene.morris@kent.gov.uk.

Lisa Coward - Channel Coordinator - Case managing of Channel referrals and assessing the vulnerability and risk of an individual to radicalisation. Co-ordinating  and working closely with statutory agencies, including Home Office intervention providers to create bespoke intervention plans for all individuals recognised as needing relevant Channel support. Lisa.coward@kent.gov.uk.

Hannah Chandler - Prevent Business Support Officer - Provides business support to the Prevent Team; coordinates and minutes the Kent Channel Panel Meetings, Prevent Duty Delivery Board and Cross Directorate Prevent Group Meetings. Hannah.chandler@kent.gov.uk.