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The Prevent Duty

The Prevent Duty

What is The Prevent Duty?

From 1 July 2015 all schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism or supporting terrorist or extremist causes.  This is known as The Prevent Duty. The strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including the extreme right wing, violent Islamist groups and other causes.

How does the Prevent Duty apply to schools?

Schools (and other organisations) have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. Across the UK, there have been many examples of vulnerable people being recruited by violent extremists. Social media can be used by extremists to identify, influence, target and communicate with young people.

What do we do at SHSG?

We all have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views in the same way we protect them from other safeguarding issues. In school, we aim to provide a safe place for students to discuss these issues so they better understand how to protect themselves.

Much of the work we already do at SHSG to ensure our students are safe, happy and successful members of society also contributes to the Prevent strategy.

For example this includes:

  • Exploring other cultures, religions and promoting respect for diversity;
  • Challenging prejudice and racism
  • Developing critical thinking skills and a strong, positive self-identity;
  • Promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of students, as well as British values such as democracy.

We also protect children from the risk of radicalisation for example, by using internet filters to ensure they cannot access extremist and terrorist material in school, and by vetting visitors who come into school to work with students.

Extremism can take many forms. We give students the skills to protect them from any extremist views they may encounter, now or later in their lives. We encourage parents to familiarise themselves with the guidelines to keep their children safe.

More advice can be found by accessing the following link:

Where to go for more information

Contact us

If you have any questions or concerns about the Prevent Duty and what it means for your child, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Pastoral Support Officer or a member of the Safeguarding Team.

The following sources may also be useful for further information:

Prevent duty guidance: for England and Wales, HM Government

Let’s Talk About It

The aim of this site is to give people a clear and better understanding of Prevent while providing signposting and support for people who are concerned that someone they know may be vulnerable to radicalisation. The site also contains useful information around how to spot the signs that someone may be being radicalised and provides tips on how you can protect yourself.

Contact details for referrals

Essex Prevent:

  • London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
    For further information about the programme or if you have a query or concern, don't hesitate to contact us by emailing: or visit the website:
  • London Borough of Redbridge
    Referrals are received from agencies such as schools and health. For more information please contact the Prevent Team by e-mail
  • London Borough of Havering
    The Prevent officer in Havering is PC Greig Urquhart, Tel: 07766 227 261. 

If there is risk of immediate harm or danger then you should contact the police on 999 or the Police Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789 321