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Prevent Duty Policy

                  Prevent Duty Policy             

Foundational text:

’I pray that you……may have the power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ’ Ephesians 3:18


Countess Anne School

A Church of England Academy

Living God’s Love:

  • Academic provision that recognises the need for excellence in teaching and learning.
  • Holistic provision that encourages Christian hope; building spirit and soul through faith orientated pastoral care.
  • Inspirational provision through a modern curriculum that celebrates diversity and provides new opportunities.

Policy type:  Safeguarding


Policy Statement

What is Radicalism?

What is Extremism?

Constant Practice and Procedure

Risk assessment

Procedure for reporting concerns

Appendix one

Appendix two


Maintained by:  Mr Lodge – Governing Body


Adopted by Governing body:

June 2017

Date for next review:

Sept 2022

Countess Anne School

A Church of England Academy

Prevent Duty Policy 


This policy is prepared using the following publication:


DFE:  “The Prevent duty. Departmental advice for schools and childcare providers.  July 2015”.

DFE:  “Keeping children safe in schools Sept 2021”.

HM Gov. channel Guidance:  Preventing vulnerable people from being drawn into terrorism. 2015.

Policy Statement

From 1 July 2015 all schools, registered early years childcare providers and registered later years childcare providers (referred to in this advice as ‘childcare providers’) are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, 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 the Prevent duty. It applies to a wide range of public-facing bodies.


What is Radicalism?

Radicalism refers to the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism Protecting children from the risk of radicalisation is seen as part of Countess Anne School wider safeguarding duties, and is similar in nature to protecting children from other forms of harm and abuse. During the process of radicalisation it is possible to intervene to prevent vulnerable people being radicalised.  There is no single way of identifying an individual who is likely to be susceptible to an extremist ideology. It can happen in many different ways and settings.

Specific background factors may contribute to vulnerability which are often combined with specific influences such as family, friends or online, and with specific needs for which an extremist or terrorist group may appear to provide an answer.

The internet and the use of social media in particular has become a major factor in the radicalisation of young people.


What is Extremism?

Extremism is vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We also include in our definition of extremism calls for the death of members of our armed forces, whether in this country or overseas.


Constant practice and Procedure

At Countess Anne School it is essential that staff is able to identify children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation, and know what to do when they are identified.

Protecting children from the risk of radicalisation should be seen as part of schools’ and Childcare providers’ wider safeguarding duties, and is similar in nature to protecting children from other harms (e.g. drugs, gangs, neglect, sexual exploitation), whether these come from within their family or are the product of outside influences.

We can also build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling them to challenge extremist views.

All staff are instructed to challenge extremist and radical views It is important to emphasise that the Prevent duty is not intended to stop pupils debating controversial issues. On the contrary, in the older classes we will always provide a safe space in which children, young people and staff can understand the risks associated with terrorism and develop the knowledge and skills to be able to challenge extremist arguments.

In our Reception Class we emphasise this in daily work such as assisting the children’s personal, social and emotional development and understanding of the world.

All staff are appropriately checked for suitability to work with children.


Risk assessment

All the school staff, particularly the staff that works directly with the children are expected to assess the risk of children being drawn into terrorism, including support for extremist ideas that are part of terrorist ideology.

This means being able to demonstrate both a general understanding of the risks affecting children and young people in the area and a specific understanding of how to identify individual children who may be at risk of radicalisation and what to do to support them.

As with managing other safeguarding risks, staff should be alert to changes in children’s behaviour which could indicate that they may be in need of help or protection.

Staff should use their professional judgement in identifying children who might be at risk of radicalisation and act proportionately which may include making a referral to the Channel program (see appendix one for further information on Channel).


Procedure for reporting concerns

If a member of staff in a school has a concern about a particular pupil they should follow the school’s normal safeguarding procedures, including discussing with the school’s designated safeguarding lead, who will, where deemed necessary, with children’s social care.

You can also contact your local police force or dial 101 (the non-emergency number).

They can talk to you in confidence about your concerns and help you gain access to support and advice.  Also, they can advise if this would be a case for Channel.  The Department for Education has dedicated a telephone helpline (020 7340 7264) to enable staff and governors to raise concerns relating to extremism directly.  Concerns can also be raised by email to counter.extremism@education.gsi.gov.uk.

Appendix one



Channel is a programme which focuses on providing support at an early stage to people who are identified as being vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism. It provides a mechanism for schools to make referrals if they are concerned that an individual might be vulnerable to radicalisation. An individual’s engagement with the programme is entirely voluntary at all stages.

Section 36 of the CTSA 2015 places a duty on local authorities to ensure Channel panels are in place. The panel must be chaired by the local authority and include the police for the relevant local authority area.  Following a referral the panel will assess the extent to which identified individuals are vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism, and, where considered appropriate and necessary consent is obtained, arrange for support to be provided to those individuals.

Channel is available at:



Appendix Two

David Lodge – Lead DSP for School                                                    01707262840

Emma Byrne – DDSP

Children’s Services (including out of hours):                                      0300 123 4043

The Child Abuse Investigation Unit:                                                   via 101

(This is a specialist team within the police with countywide responsibility for undertaking child protection investigations).

The Department for Education has dedicated a telephone helpline (020 7340 7264) to enable staff and governors to raise concerns relating to extremism directly.

Concerns can also be raised by email to counter.extremism@education.gsi.gov.uk



Review date

This policy will be reviewed and revised by the school manager on an annual basis.