Seaton Academy Prevent Duty Policy
Effective from November 2020: Review November 2021
The Prevent duty is the duty in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 on specified authorities, in the exercise of their functions, to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.
From 1 July 2015 all schools 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.The main points of this policy are to:
explain what the Prevent duty means for Seaton Academy.
make clear what Seaton Academy will do to demonstrate compliance with the duty.
The Prevent duty: what it means for Seaton Academy
In order for Seaton Academy to fulfil the Prevent duty, it is essential that staff are 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 will be part of the schools’ safeguarding duties, and is similar 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.
Seaton Academy will build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling them to challenge extremist views.
”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.
It is important to emphasise that the Prevent duty is not intended to stop pupils debating controversial issues. On the contrary, Seaton Academy will provide a safe space in which children and staff can develop the knowledge and skills to be able to challenge extremist arguments.
The statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage sets standards for learning, development and care for children from 0-5, thereby assisting their personal, social and emotional development and understanding of the world.
The statutory guidance makes it clear that schools are expected to assess the risk of children being drawn into terrorism.
This means Seaton Academy staff being able to demonstrate both a general understanding of the risks affecting children and a specific understanding of how to identify individual children who may be at risk of radicalisation and what to do to support them.
Seaton Academy staff are in an important position to identify risks within a local context. It is important that we understand these risks so that we can respond in an appropriate and proportionate way.
Seaton Academy staff are aware of the increased risk of online radicalization through the use of social media and the internet.
There is no single way of identifying an individual who is likely to be susceptible. 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. Children at risk of radicalisation may display different signs or seek to hide their views. School staff will use their professional judgement in identifying children who might be at risk of radicalisation and act proportionately.
Even very young children may be vulnerable to radicalisation by others, whether in the family or outside, and display concerning behaviour. As with any other safeguarding risk, staff must take action and follow safeguarding procedures when they observe behaviour of concern.
These procedures are set out in our safeguarding policy.
School staff should understand when it is appropriate to make a referral to the Channel programme. This programme provides a mechanism for schools to make referrals if they are concerned that an individual might be vulnerable to radicalisation. In Cumbria this is initially via Cumbria's Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub who will assess whether the Channel threshold is met.
All staff will undertake the online general awareness training module on Channel which provides an introduction to the topics covered by this policy, including how to identify factors that can make people vulnerable to radicalization.
Working in partnership
The Prevent duty builds on our existing partnership with the Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership (CSCP) who are responsible for promoting the welfare of children in our local area.
Effective engagement with parents/the family is important as they are in a key position to spot signs of radicalisation. Seaton Academy will assist and advise families who raise concerns and point them to the right support mechanisms.
Mrs Banks, the Designated Strategic Lead (Single Point of Contact - SPOC) will undertake Prevent awareness training and provide advice and support to other members of staff on protecting children from the risk of radicalisation.
When accessing the internet within school Seaton Academy will ensure that suitable filtering is in place.
Seaton Academy has an important role to play in equipping children to stay safe online, both in school and outside. Internet safety is integral to the IT curriculum.
As with other online risks of harm, every teacher should be aware of the risks posed by the online activity of extremist groups.
Building children’s resilience to radicalisation
Seaton Academy will endeavor to build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by providing a safe environment for debating controversial issues and helping them to understand how they can influence and participate in decision-making.
Seaton Academy promotes the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils and, within this, fundamental British values.
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) can be an effective way of providing pupils with time to explore sensitive or controversial issues, and equipping them with the knowledge and skills to understand and manage difficult situations.
Seaton Academy will use PSHE to teach pupils to recognise and manage risk, make safer choices, and recognise when pressure from others threatens their personal safety and wellbeing. The Academy will also encourage the development of effective ways of resisting pressures, including knowing when, where and how to get help. Seaton Academy will encourage pupils to develop positive character traits through PSHE, such as resilience, determination, self-esteem, and confidence.
Citizenship helps to provide pupils with the knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them to play a full and active part in society. Through Citizenship the pupils learn about democracy, government and how laws are made and upheld. Pupils are also taught about the diverse national, regional, religious and ethnic identities in the United Kingdom and the need for mutual respect and understanding.
What to do if you have a concern
If a member of staff has a concern about a particular pupil they should follow the school’s normal safeguarding procedures.
Cumbria Police/Prevent Officer can also be contacted who can talk in confidence about concerns and help gain access to support and advice.
Cumbria Constabulary Prevent lead: Superintendent Matt Kennerly
Cumbria Police: Dial 101 or 999 in an emergency
If urgent telephone 0330 1240791