The Prevent Duty - preventing extremism

1. About Prevent, Contest and Channel

By law, all registered childcare providers (early years and later years) are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 and must have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent Duty. Paragraphs 57-76 of the Act are concerned specifically with schools and childcare providers.

The key aim of Prevent is to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism or violent extremism. A child or young person may be vulnerable to radicalisation or violent extremism.

Prevent is part of Contest, the government’s strategy to address terrorism.

Channel is the name for the national process of identifying and referring a person for early intervention and support - the word refers to channeling a person through the process. 

The UK government's definition of extremism in their Prevent guidance is

"Vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We also include in our definition of extremism calls for the death of members of our armed forces"

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