Prevent Safeguarding Objectives
The Prevent strategy aims to:
- respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it;
- prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support; and
- work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation which we need to address.
Schools can help to protect children from extremist and violent views in the same ways that they help to safeguard children from drugs, gang violence or alcohol.
Helena Romanes School is committed to protecting children from harm and to ensure that they are taught in a way that is consistent with the law and British Values.
Awareness of Prevent and the risks it is intended to address are both vital. Safeguarding staff will help to identify, and to refer to the relevant agencies, children whose behaviour suggests that they are being drawn into terrorism or extremism.
Helena Romanes School recognises the important role it plays in enabling young people to explore issues like terrorism and the wider use of violence in a considered and informed way. The school will aim to facilitate understanding of wider issues within the context of learning about the values on which our society is founded and our system of democratic government. These are important for reasons which go far beyond Prevent but connect to the Prevent agenda.
PREVENT referrals will be reported in line with other safeguarding procedures.
Essex Safeguarding Children Board, Essex Prevent Safeguarding Arrangements: Essex Prevent Strategy