Prevent is part of the UK's counter terrorism strategy, aimed at preventing people from becoming involved in terrorism or supporting terrorism. Prevent is a legal duty for schools under the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015. This means that we need to be alert to the fact that people in Calderdale may be vulnerable to radicalisation, extremism and terrorism from different groups.
At All Saints', we recognise our duty to keep children safe from extremism in the same way in which we prioritise them being safeguarded in other ways. We promote British Values through our assemblies, our curriculum and additional events that we organise.
If anyone associated to our school is concerned that a child or adult in the school community may be at risk of radicalisation, they should refer concerns immediately to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (Mrs Watson) or one of the deputy DSLs: Mrs Dyson, Mrs Sheppard and Mr Conway. These people would then refer the matter to the Calderdale Prevent Coordinator.
The government have also released an online reporting tool for any person who wishes to report illegal or harmful information, pictures or videos that they have found on the internet. A report can be made anonymously using the following link: www.gov.uk/report-terrorism
During the Covid-19 closure, the Home Office have also published guidance for parents and carers to keep children safe online. This covers a range of online harms including radicalisation. Here is the link: www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-keeping-children-safeonline/coronavirus-covid-19-support-for-parents-and-carers-to-keep-children-safe-online
Here is the message we shared with our children:
Guidance & Resources
The Department for Education and Home Office have produced a website Education Against Hate. You can read their guide for parents below.