What is the Prevent Duty?
One of the provisions of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 is to place a duty on certain specified authorities and organisations to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. This duty is known as the 'Prevent Duty' and (somewhat surprisingly) as well as applying it to schools, colleges, hospitals etc, it also applies to all Ofsted registered childcare settings, including out of school clubs.
The Prevent Duty came into force on 1 July 2015 and will be included in Ofsted inspections from September this year.
How does the Prevent Duty affect our childcare setting?
Ofsted's new Early Years Inspection Handbook, which came into effect at the start of September 2015, includes multiple references to elements of the Prevent Duty within its evaluation criteria. This means that if our club is not meeting the requirements of the Prevent Duty this will have a negative effect on any future Ofsted grading.
Meeting the Prevent Duty
In essence, we need to be able to identify children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation and know what to do when they are identified. Protecting children from the risk of radicalisation falls under any childcare setting's wider safeguarding duty. We also need to build children's resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values.
In practice this means that we have:
We cover how we have met these requirements in more detail below:
Conduct a Prevent risk assessment
We have conducted a risk assessment to evaluate the risk of the children at the club being drawn into terrorism, or supporting extremist ideas that form part of the terrorist ideology. The risks affecting children will vary from area to area and according to their age. Remembering that children are vulnerable to radicalisation from a variety of sources, from within the family, from the wider community and from online media.
Our risk assessment includes:
We are not expected to have a seperate policy to cover the Prevent Duty. Our procedures for protecting children at risk of radicalisation forms part of our existing Safeguarding policy. We have reviewed our Safeguarding policy and updated it to include a reference to the Prevent Duty, how we identify children at risk of radicalisation and how and when to make a referral.
Working in partnership
The Prevent duty makes full use of existing local partnership arrangements. LSCBs coordinate the work of local agencies in safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children in our area.
Promoting Britsh values
All childcare settings including ours need to build children's resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values. According to Ofsted these are:
We already incorporate some of these values into the running of our club, for example:
The following national guidelines are available to download below should you require any further reading: