Under the section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, specified authorities, including all schools, are subject to a duty in the exercise of their functions, to have “Due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.” This duty is known as Prevent duty.
Protecting children from the risk of radicalisation should be seen as part of schools’ wider safe-guarding duties and is similar in nature, to preventing children from other forms of harm and abuse. During the process of radicalisation, it is possible to intervene to prevent vulnerable people being radicalised.
Mrs Finch-Turner, Assistant Head and Mrs Butterick, Deputy Head have recently attended PREVENT courses and are the PREVENT facilitators at Michael Drayton Junior School.
PREVENT has been included in the child safeguarding training, which is compulsory for all staff to attend on an annual basis.