The Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 has placed new reporting requirements on educational professionals. The Prevent Strategy is intended to provide a framework for dealing with issues relating to vulnerability, radicalisation and exposure to extreme views.
Launched in 2008 and revised in 2011, the Prevent Strategy focuses on:
- responding to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat from those who promote it
- preventing people from being drawn into terrorism and ensuring that they are given appropriate advice and support
- working with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to address
There is no place for extremist views of any kind in our school, whether from internal sources – students, staff or governors, or external sources – school community, external agencies or individuals. We aim to try and ensure that our students view the Academy as a safe place where they can explore controversial issues safely and where our staff encourage and facilitate this – we have a duty to ensure this happens.
There are no typical characteristics of young people who may be more at risk than others. However, a sudden change in behaviour could be a potential indicator. Sometimes those at risk may be encouraged, by the people they are in contact with, not to draw attention to themselves. Staff at Hull Trinity House Academy have undertaken a PREVENT training session to raise their awareness on this issue and to be able to fulfil their legal obligation.
As a parent, it is important to be aware of any unusual change in your child’s behaviour. If you are concerned about your child, you may want to talk to our safeguarding officers at school, a local faith or a community leader.
The Government have launched a new website aimed at parents, teachers and school leaders to give practical advice on protecting young people from extremism and radicalisation. This was officially launched in January 2016 by the Education secretary Nicky Morgan. The website can be found at www.educateagainsthate.com.