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Radicalisation and extremism: Prevent self-assessment tool

As the government launches a Prevent self-assessment tool and new guidance on responding to extremism, safeguarding expert Elizabeth Rose offers schools a refresher and some pointers to ensure your safeguarding practice in this area is effective

In October, the Department for Education published a new Prevent self-assessment tool (DfE, 2022), along with a range of guidance documents to support schools in safeguarding children vulnerable to radicalisation.

Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a duty on certain bodies, including schools, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.

This is a long-standing requirement and schools should be training staff at least annually to equip them with the skills to prevent children being drawn into terrorism and spot signs that may indicate that they are being or have been radicalised.

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