On 1 July 2015 the Prevent duty (section 26) of The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 came into force. This duty places the responsibility on local authorities and schools to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into activities relating to radicalisation and extremism. Radicalisation is the name given to the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism leading to terrorism. During this process it is possible to intervene to prevent vulnerable people from being drawn into terrorist-related activity.
The governors and staff of Peter's Cross Keys Academy are fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. As a school we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation and extremism is as important as safeguarding against any other vulnerability.
We aim to build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling them to challenge extremist views. It is important to emphasise that the Prevent duty is not intended to stop pupils debating controversial issues. On the contrary, we seek to provide a safe space in which children
can understand the risks associated with terrorism and develop the knowledge and skills to be able to challenge extremist arguments.
All staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. We believe that children should be given the opportunity to explore diversity and understand Britain as a multi-cultural society; everyone should be treated with respect whatever their race, gender, sexuality, religious belief, special need, or disability.
As part of our commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the government's Prevent Strategy.
Staff and Governors have completed the DfE's Channel General Awareness training and several of the academy's policies reference The Duty. Channel is a programme which focuses on providing support at an early stage to people who are identified as being vulnerable to being radicalised. Our Head Teacher has completed a more in-depth face to face session on Prevent as our safeguarding lead. Where we are concerned about about the safety and welfare of our pupils in this connection we will follow the procedures laid down and refer to the Channel programme.
For further details please see:
Academy Safeguarding policy
Special Educational Needs Policy
Other work is carried through our assembly programme, anti-bullying work and our PHSE curriculum supported throughout by promoting British Values – making a positive contribution to the development of a fair, just and civil society.