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Refocusing on Prevent: Five actions to take now

It feels like work on the Prevent Duty has gone quiet during the pandemic. Justin Reilly says now is the right time for schools to rejuvenate their focus on Prevent and offers five actions we can take

In July 2015, the UK government introduced a legal duty, known as the Prevent Duty, making it the first country in the world to place a specific legal responsibility on educational institutions to play an active role within attempts to prevent radicalisation and terrorism (Home Office, 2015; DfE, 2015).

The duty forms part of the Prevent strand of the UK’s broader counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST, published in 2011.

The 2011 Prevent strategy comprises three specific strategic objectives, the first of which is to respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat from those promoting it. The second is to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism by offering appropriate advice and support. The third objective is to work with “specified authorities”, including all schools and further education providers, where there are risks of radicalisation.

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