PREVENT is part of the Government’s counter terrorism strategy CONTEST, it aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. The Government has produced a Prevent Duty Guidance for providers.
PREVENT has a strong link to safeguarding because vulnerable young people can be susceptible to radicalisation and recruitment into terrorist organisations. All those in the private, voluntary and independent sector providing services or out of school activities for children and young people have a duty under the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (Section 26), to prevent children and young people from being drawn into terrorism.
Have you updated your policies and procedures?
Everyone working with children and young people should have policies and procedures in place which reflect the need to safeguard individuals from the risk of radicalisation. The NTSCB Safeguarding Children from Extremism and Radicalisation procedure may assist you can download a copy from here
The Home Office offer eLearning training which can be accessed here
What should I do if I have a concern?
If you have a concern that a child or young person may be vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism or extremism you can refer them for support and intervention with the Northumbria Police Prevent Team. by calling 101.