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Prevent duty - preventing extremism

Prevent duty for schools and childcare providers

A child or young person may be vulnerable to pressure to hold extreme views

By law, all registered childcare providers (early years and later years) are subject to the Prevent duty. This duty is under section 26 of the Counterterrorism and Security Act 2015.

Paragraphs 57-76 of the Act concern schools and childcare providers. The Prevent Duty requires them to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.

Preventing extremism and radicalisation safeguarding policy [234.0 KB] [doc]

Government strategy on terrorism

Prevent is part of Contest – the government strategy to address terrorism. The strategy involves many people - services, local authorities, organisations and partners - working together to protect the public.

Prevent aims to prevent terrorism by stopping people:

  • becoming terrorists
  • supporting terrorism or violent extremism

Definition of extremism and British values

The government has defined extremism in the Prevent strategy as “vocal or active opposition to fundamental British Values”.

These British values are defined as:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty and mutual respect
  • tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

Their definition of extremism includes calls for the death of members of our armed forces.

Find out how to report radicalisation or extremism.

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