Extensive guidance is available to head teachers and governors.
Your school is 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 a general understanding of the risks affecting young people in your area and a specific understanding of how to identify those who may be at risk of radicalisation, and what to do in order to fully support them.
The general risks affecting children and young people may vary from area to area, and according to their age. It is therefore important that your school understands the risks that are likely to be relevant to your students and can respond appropriately. You should also consider the risk to your pupils presented by extremist groups who use social media and the internet to recruit young people. The local authority and police can provide practical information to help you understand the risks in your area. When implementing the Prevent duty, you should build on existing local partnership arrangements, including those with your Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB), local authority, police service, civil society organisations and families and parents. LSCBs are responsible for coordinating how agencies promote and safeguard the welfare of children in the local area. Your safeguarding arrangements should take into account the policies of the LSCB, who often publish guidance indicating when a child or young person should be referred for support.
Local authorities are also a vital partner for all aspects of Prevent work, and have a legal responsibility under the Prevent duty to give due regard to the need to prevent people being drawn into terrorism. They are a good point of contact for further advice on Prevent-related issues. Other partners, such as the police and civil society organisations, may also be able to provide advice and support to schools on implementing the duty.
Effective arrangements for communicating with parents, carers and families are also important, as they can often be key to spotting signs of radicalisation.
It is important that your staff have access to appropriate awareness training to equip them to identify children at risk. As a minimum, you should make sure that your designated safeguarding lead undertakes Prevent awareness training and is able to provide advice and support to other members of staff. Free online training is now available here. There is further information on the training available here.
You also have a responsibility to make sure children are safe from online terrorist and extremist material when using the internet at school. You should ensure that suitable filtering is in place, and equip your students to stay safe online both at school and outside. We would usually expect internet safety to be integral to your school’s ICT curriculum, and it can also be embedded in PSHE and SRE. Further advice and resources on internet safety can be found here.