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The current threat from terrorism and other violent extremism requires us all to look out for activity or behaviour which seems out of place in normal day to day life and to report it to the police.

Individuals can be radicalised and drawn into extremism and terrorism. Prevent brings partners together to support those vulnerable individuals.

Prevent is part of the government's CONTEST Strategy aimed at protecting people and communities from the threat of Terrorism. Prevent aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

The Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a duty on several agencies including schools, in the exercise of their functions, to have due regard for the need to prevent people being drawn into terrorism. This is called the Prevent Duty and the Prevent Duty for schools.

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. To this end we have developed a model extremism and radicalisation policy for schools. We are recommending that all schools now adopt this policy as there is additional focus on the subject in the updated Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance. See the model policy in the related documents section.

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.

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

Various types of counter terrorism training, including free Prevent training for Derbyshire schools, colleges, and residential settings is also available. Derbyshire County Council staff must do mandatory Prevent training every two years.

There are several websites with useful information and support links:

ACT Early is a website to support friends and family who may be worried about someone close. It features information to help spot the signs, support and some real-life stories about how people and their families have gone through the Prevent process.

Let's 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 if they want to talk to young people at home about extremism.

Their leaflet, online radicalisation information and support 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.

For advice regarding a general Prevent concern please email: prevent@derbyshire.gov.uk or ctp-em-prevent@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk

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