The Prevent team
In the case of Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea councils, Prevent is a Bi-borough service. Based at Hammersmith & Fulham Council, the team delivers work including:
- Training for frontline staff in recognising, referring and responding to radicalisation
- A variety of projects to build capacity, increase resilience and improve understanding of extremism and radicalisation, with partners such as schools, colleges, frontline staff, community groups, venues and parents
- A referral service for concerns, called Channel, which acts as an early intervention service to safeguard vulnerable individuals from radicalisation
Offer to schools
Prevent and education
All schools and colleges are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 to have ‘due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’. This duty, known as the Prevent duty, should be seen as part of schools’ and colleges’ wider safeguarding obligations.
Prevent Education Officer
The Hammersmith & Fulham/Kensington and Chelsea Prevent team includes a Prevent Education Officer, who is at the disposal of all schools and colleges in the two boroughs, free of charge.
In their efforts to comply with the statutory Prevent duty and meet Ofsted requirements, schools and colleges can utilise the Prevent Education Officer in any of the following ways:
Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP) for staff
- Available for teaching and support staff, senior leadership and governors
- Available as introductory training (90 minutes) or refresher training (60 minutes)
- Bespoke assemblies, talks and lessons on Prevent-related subjects such as extremism, radicalisation, online safety, critical thinking and fundamental British values
- Sessions providing support for parents and carers, helping them better understand the risks of radicalisation and, in particular, how to keep their children safe online
- Signposting to classroom resources on Prevent-related subjects for use in PSHE and Citizenship, as well as help sourcing external speakers
- Advice and assistance relating to Prevent concerns and potential referrals*, safeguarding policies, Prevent risk assessments and action plans, and how to respond to terrorist incidents as a school or college
*Regarding Prevent concerns and potential referrals, schools may feel more comfortable seeking advice anonymously, which is fine.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Links to Important Resources
The Prevent duty: for schools and childcare providers
Promoting fundamental British values as part of SMSC in schools
Prevent and schools – the role of schools | LBHF