What is the Prevent Strategy?

Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including political and religious extremism.

How does the Prevent Strategy apply to Schools?

From July 2015 all schools (as well as other organisations) have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. This means all adults working at Woodside School have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views.

Many of the things we already here at Woodside to help children become positive and happy members of society - also contribute to the Prevent Strategy. During our assemblies and in RE and PSHE lessons, our staff  teaches children about respect, democracy and different faiths and beliefs to help them develop into individuals who have respect for others.  We will also protect children from the risk of radicalisation, for example by using filters on the internet to make sure they cannot access extremist and terrorist material, or by vetting visitors who come into School to work with pupils.

All of our staff have training on the Prevent duty.  As with all other safeguarding concerns, if a member of staff is worried about what a child does or says, they have a duty to report it immediately to the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Deputy.  If the School has a concern, a referral is made using established Child Protection procedure.

What can Parents and Carers do?

Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about the importance of respecting the beliefs and cultures of different people, helping children to use the internet safely, ensuring that as they get older they are making sensible choices about who they communicate with and what they access. It is also important to discuss political opinions in the news, helping the children to recognise the importance of democracy and respecting the opinions of others.