What is the Prevent Duty?

‘Prevent’ is part of the government’s overall counter-terrorism strategy which is called
CONTEST. The aim of Prevent is to reduce the threat from terrorism by stopping people
becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

The Prevent strategy has three specific objectives:

1. respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who
promote it
2. prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate
advice and support
3. work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation.
There is Prevent duty statutory guidance for England and Wales, and separately for
Scotland, issued under section 29 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015. It places
a duty on specific bodies to have ‘due regard to prevent people from being drawn into

What is expected of schools and educational settings?

The government expects that those in leadership positions in specific bodies, which includes
all types of schools, colleges and registered childcare providers to:
• establish or use existing mechanisms for understanding the risk of radicalisation
• ensure staff understand the risk and build the capabilities to deal with it
• communicate and promote the importance of the duty
• ensure staff implement the duty effectively.

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