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PREVENT Strategy

Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes

The Prevent Strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including the extreme far-right wing and extreme Islamist groups.

What is the Prevent strategy?

Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming involved in extreme actions, becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including the extreme right wing, violent Islamist groups and other radical causes.

What is Extremism/Terrorism

Vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, such as democracy, the rule of law and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. Ideology - a set of beliefs

Terrorism - the process by which a person comes to support extremism or terrorism Radicalisation - the process by which a person comes to support extremism and terrorism

How does the Prevent Strategy apply to UAH?

How does the Prevent strategy apply to schools? From July 2015 all schools (as well as other organisations) have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. This means we have a responsibility to protect our students from extremist and violent views the same way we protect them from abuse, drugs or gang violence. Importantly, we can provide a safe place for students to discuss these issues so they better understand how to protect themselves.

What does this mean for UAH?

Many of the things we already do at UAH is to ensure that pupils become positive, rounded and resilient members of society and also contribute to the Prevent strategy.

These include;

· Exploring other cultures and religions and promoting diversity through our curriculum.

· Exploring social and emotional wellbeing, for example through Personal Development, RSE and the wider curriculum, which focus upon specific areas of development such as healthy relationships, self-esteem, positive mental health and identity.

· Challenging prejudices and inequality through our Anti -Bullying Policy and academy ethos.

· Developing critical thinking skills and a strong, positive self-identity and sense of belonging within the academy, local community and wider society.

 · Promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of students by promoting active citizenship and developing an understanding of the importance of fundamental British values, such as democracy, celebration of the diversity of Britain and understanding local government and the law.

· We protect pupils from the risk of radicalisation, by using filters on the internet to ensure that they cannot access extremist and terrorist material, or by vetting visitors who come into the academy to work with or teach pupils.

How does Prevent relate to British Values?

Schools have been required to promote British values since 2014, and this will continue to be part of our response to the Prevent strategy. British values include:

 · Democracy

· The rule of law

· Individual liberty

· Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.

Why do students need to learn about radicalisation and extremism?

Education is a powerful tool, equipping students with knowledge and skills to think for themselves, to challenge and debate; and giving students the opportunity to learn about different cultures and faiths to gain an understanding of the values we share. Exploring ideas, developing a sense of identity and forming views are a normal part of growing up. UAH supports students by providing a safe environment for discussing challenging issues and helping them to understand how they can influence and participate in decision -making and how they can resist pressure and coercion assertively.

What should I do if I am concerned about my child or other pupils?

If you have any concerns, for example if you feel they are being influenced by others, there are concerns about E and online safety or they are suffering discrimination and prejudice please contact UAH Prevent Officers Edwina Hall 01406 423042 ext or Lucy Fravigar 01406 423042 ext 365

If you have concern that your child or other pupil are at immediate risk, then please call Lincolnshire Children’s Services 01522 782111

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