Schools have a legal responsibility to have due regard to the need to prevent their pupils from being drawn into terrorism.
You have a vital role to play in meeting your school’s obligations under the Prevent duty. To do this, you need to be able to identify children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation, and know what to do if you have a concern.
Protecting pupils from the risk of radicalisation is part of your wider safeguarding role, along with protecting them from other harms such as drug abuse, gangs, neglect and sexual exploitation. This is not about spying on pupils or intruding unnecessarily into their families. It is about making sure you know how to identify worrying behaviour and how to refer pupils who may be at risk of radicalisation for appropriate support.
You can increase your pupils’ resilience to extremism by providing a safe space for them to debate controversial issues and develop critical thinking skills so they are better equipped to challenge extremist arguments. Schools are already expected to promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils and, within this, fundamental British values.
In addition to reading the Prevent duty and the advice on promoting fundamental British values, you should also read the statutory guidance on ‘Keeping children safe in education’, the ‘Working together to safeguard children’ and the non-statutory guidance The Prevent duty Departmental advice for schools and childcare providers.