Prevent Duty

As an education practitioner you must safeguard children and young people in England from extremists and extremist views in school. The council, Government and Waltham Forest Traded Services have a range of advice and support available.

The Department for Education’s (DfE's) ‘Prevent’ duty states that we must “safeguard children and young people in England from extremists and extremist views in school and in out of school hours learning, and stop young people from becoming radicalised or acting on extreme views.'

On 1 July 2015, the DfE published advice about the 'prevent duty' in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 for:

  • school leaders, school staff and governing bodies in all local-authority-maintained schools, academies and free schools;
  • proprietors, governors and staff in all independent schools;
  • proprietors, managers and staff in childcare settings.

It will be of particular interest to safeguarding leads.

Appropriate Filtering and Monitoring for Education settings

The Revised Prevent Duty guidance for schools and education settings, issued in 2015 refers to 'appropriate levels of filtering and monitoring' online content. We have put together two guidance documents for education settings and filtering providers around what appropriate filtering and monitoring means. 

Institutions are also recommended to contact the Community Safety Team for further guidance and support around specific cases or queries relating to IT filtering and policy updates.

Telephone: 0208 496 3000

Prevent Online training

The Home Office has Prevent e-learning training

This resource is aimed at those with responsibilities under the Prevent duty, particularly front line staff, and is designed to help raise awareness of radicalisation. It will help staff to identify the signs that someone may be at risk and where to go for support. This is introductory training. It provides a foundation on which to develop further knowledge around the risks of radicalisation.

    Further information


    For further information, you can email or phone the Senior Programme Manager (Prevent Education) Amy Strode.

    Telephone: 07816150037.

    Last update: Thursday 29th of August 2019 11:26:56 AM