On 1 July 2015 the Prevent Duty (section 26) of The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 came into force. This duty places the responsibility on local authorities and schools to have due regard for the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.
Acomb First School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. As a school we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is as important as safeguarding against any other vulnerability.
All staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. We believe that children should be given the opportunity to explore diversity and understand Britain as a multi-cultural society; everyone should be treated with respect whatever their race, gender, sexuality, religious belief, special need, or disability. As part of our commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the Government's Prevent Strategy.
All staff have had PREVENT training and are fully aware of the procedures in school. Our safeguarding leads (Miss Williamson and Miss Dunlavy) also attend any Prevent updates/briefings that are offered to us and we adapt and change our procedures in line with up to date advice.
If you are concerned that a family member, friend, loved one or member of the community is expressing extreme views, hatred or could be being exploited by extremists, we can offer support and advice. Alternatively please visit: https://actearly.uk/