What is Prevent?
Prevent is part of a wider initiative which is part of the UK Government’s strategy for countering international terrorism.
Education was identified as having a role to play, as part of this strategy and in 2008, a toolkit which gave guidance to schools identifying their contribution to the prevention of violent extremism was published: “Learning together to be safe: A toolkit to help schools contribute to the prevention of violent extremism”. This toolkit articulated the expectation that schools were to play an active part in the UK’s strategy for countering international extremism and terrorism:
Our goal must be to empower young people to come together, with their families and the wider community, to expose violent extremists and reject cruelty and violence in whatever form it takes. – DCSF 2008:3
The Prevent Strategy was evaluated and re-launched in 2011 and now has three key objectives:
- To Challenge ideology that supports extremism/terrorism and those who promote it;
- To protect vulnerable individuals from being drawn to extremism;
- To support sectors where there are risks of radicalisation.
The Prevent agenda builds on existing work in schools and is part of schools’ wider equalities aims (including policies for reporting and responding to prejudice driven behaviour), school’s duty to promote community cohesion, robust anti bullying policies and practices, and safeguarding policies and procedures.
Message from Cleveland Police
There is no specific terrorist or violent extremist threat to Cleveland. However, terrorism and violent extremism remains a real and serious threat to us all.
Terrorism and violent extremism is not the product of any one religion or community.
Terrorists and violent extremists actively aim to damage community relations, undermine the values we all share and create divisions.
The United Kingdom has had a long-term strategy for countering international terrorism, known as CONTEST.
The National CONTEST strategy, followed by all UK forces is divided into four strands:
- Preventing terrorism, by tackling the radicalisation of individuals.
- Pursuing terrorists and those that sponsor them.
- Protecting the public, key national services and UK interests overseas.
- Preparing for the consequences.
In line with this strategy, we aim to:
- Raise awareness of the threat of terrorism and all forms of violent extremist activity within the community.
- Develop and strengthen partnerships to promote safer communities.
- Gather intelligence.
- Detect and disrupt networks and individuals active in violent extremist activity
- Monitor travel patterns to help enhance / maintain border controls.
- Prevent violent extremist activity through early intervention and community reassurance.
What can you do
- Trust your instincts.
- Report any concerns you may have about individuals, places or events.
Call 999 if there is an immediate threat to life.
If you have information about possible terrorist activity, call the police anti-terrorist hotline: 0800 789 321 or 101
Cleveland Police has bespoke teams who cover the Cleveland area and Ports. These teams work with relevant partners and the community focusing on the four strands of CONTEST.
In addition the force has a dedicated Communities and Partnerships team who are the main drivers for the delivery of the Prevent strand of CONTEST with the assistance of relevant partners and the community.
Communities and Partnerships Team
The Communities and Partnerships team can provide training, information and advice on Prevent.
If you require further information please use the following contact details:
Cleveland Police need your help to protect our communities from terrorists and extremists. We welcome your contact, information and support.
What our school does
As a school we believe in equality and respect for all, to ensure this we work closely with our students on the Respect agenda which is frequently referred to in our assemblies, Independent Study sessions and embedded through our curriculum. We build and run entire elements of the core curriculum to support this though our timetabled SMSC sessions where we cover topics, including but not limited to; Britishness, Life Skills, Community and Religion.
Below is a link to a video created and supplied by Cleveland Police that schools are encouraged to use as a topic for conversation to raise awareness of the PREVENT agenda with students. As a school we are planning this into our curriculum for all students. There is also the suggested presentation
We work closely with Cleveland police to share information of incidents, attitudes or acts that occur in school that reflect a non-typical viewpoint. This could be a racial incident, student/s voicing extreme views or even inciting discussions or actions based on beliefs that are not in line with the schools or it could be something more subtle.
We do this by completing a referral form about the incident, a copy of which can be found on our website.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7f0hhdYQKFc&feature=youtu.be A clip to raise awareness of the Prevent Agenda in Stockton created by Cleveland Police. This clip is used in conjunction with the following presentation and group work.
Useful links for further information: