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Prevent is a government strategy to protect people and communities from the threat of terrorism.

The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a duty on anybody working with children and young people to be aware of their duty to stop people from being drawn into terrorism.

We recognise that schools are in an important position to identify the early signs, looking to safeguard and protect children and young people who are susceptible and vulnerable. We recognise the need to respond in taking appropriate action to prevent extremist views and ideologies developing alongside providing a broad curriculum.

Parents and carers also need an understanding of the issues and should be kept informed of efforts at every opportunity in order that parents and carers are clear about how the school will deal with such incidents, including how the curriculum and ethos underpins actions.

Effective engagement with parents and family is also important as they are in a key position to spot signs of radicalisation. It is important to help and advise families who raise concerns and point them in the right direction for support.

We have further information on HM Government Prevent strategy.

Safer Derbyshire is a multi-agency partnership based at County Hall, Matlock. Its aim is to reduce crime, disorder and the fear of crime in Derbyshire by providing support, advice and leadership to partners and communities.

Counter terrorism training including free Prevent training for Derbyshire schools, colleges, and residential settings is available from Safer Derbyshire.

There is an online Prevent E-Learning module which has been approved for staff training.

Further government Prevent training is available on the following three links:

Prevent awareness
This offers an introduction to the Prevent duty and explains how it aims to safeguard vulnerable people from being radicalised in to supporting terrorism or becoming terrorists themselves.

Prevent referrals
This training package builds on the Prevent awareness e-learning training. It is designed to make sure that, when we share a concern a vulnerable individual may be radicalised, that the referral is robust, informed and with good intention and that the response to that concern is considered and proportionate.

Channel awareness (Channel is a programme which focuses on providing support at an early stage to people who are identified as being vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism.)
This training package is for anyone who may be asked to contribute to, sit on, or even run a Chanel panel. It is aimed at all levels, from a professional asked to input and attend for the first time, to a member of staff new to their role and organising a panel meeting.

Educate Against Hate gives teachers, parents and school leaders, practical advice and information on protecting children from extremism and radicalisation. An up to date section on what to do during school closures gives advice on school attendance for young people receiving support through Channel.

Lets Talk About It - Working together to prevent terrorism has more information about spotting the signs of becoming involved in extremism and terrorism. Their resources page has information for parents regarding talking at home about Extremism. These are guidance documents for parents to educate their children about the dangers of Extremism.

The leaflet attached to this page has been designed to provide information and support to parents and guardians regarding the threat from online radicalisation. You can also get the most up to date information from Staying Safe Online.

The London Grid for Learning (LGfL) has published resources on counter-extremism and preventing radicalisation in schools. The resources, developed in collaboration with the Department for Education (DfE), the Home Office and school practitioners and extremism experts, are designed to help staff safeguard pupils from extremism as part of the Prevent duty. It includes videos on topics including: the grooming process, a whole-school approach and understanding vulnerability.

You will find more information on Counter Terrorism and how to make a referral to Prevent on the Counter Terrorism page of the Safer Derbyshire website.

To make a referral follow the flowchart on this page and use the Prevent Referral Form updated in January 2020.

For advice regarding a general Prevent concern please email: CTP-EM-Prevent@Derbyshire.PNN.Police.UK or

There is a model Derbyshire School Extremism and Radicalisation Policy. This is non statutory. In light of recent local changes to police prevent pathways we have updated this policy for 2020/2021. Should you wish to adopt this policy for your school or college, please contact Ruth Hunter;

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