As part of Farncombe’s ongoing safeguarding and child protection duties we are fully behind the government’s Prevent Strategy.
From 1 July 2015 all schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent Duty for Schools.
At Farncombe, we build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental Christian and British values and enabling our pupils to challenge extremist views. Where appropriate we will discuss our response to terrorist incidents, without unduly upsetting our young pupils. We focus on the kindness and courage of those helping victims and look to see how our children can be helpful and good citizens in the face of adversity.
The statutory guidance refers to the importance of Prevent awareness training to equip staff to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism and to challenge extremist ideas. The Home Office has developed a core training product for this purpose – Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP). All our staff received WRAP training during our INSET on 5th January 2016. Since then, information on prevent has been included in the regular safeguarding training provided through our school year.
A leaflet for parents has been distributed with our newsletter and is available below: