Prevent for schools

Prevent Information for schools can be found on the Portsmouth Education Partnership website.

Prevent Education Officer

As of September 2017 Portsmouth has a Prevent Education Officer. John Webster will work exclusively with schools and colleges on all issues regarding Prevent. This is a mobile role and John is hoping to spend as much time as possible in schools and colleges supporting teachers, pupils, parents, governors and other stakeholders. In addition, John has developed a resource pack to support schools and a regular email update on Prevent. Please contact john.webster@portsmouthcc.gov.uk for more information.

Schools have a vital role to play in protecting pupils from the risks of extremism and radicalisation, a role which will be underpinned by the legal duty in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 “to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. We strongly recommend schools view the guidance on the implementation of the duty; Prevent Duty Guidance (pages 10-12).

Prevent Toolkit for Schools

A good practice toolkit has been developed to support schools in complying with the Prevent Duty and includes a self-assessment toolkit alongside an action plan template for senior managers. You can find it here in the Ealing Grid for Learning.

Dedicated Helpline for schools

Schools may also wish to be aware that as part of the increased support from the DfE, its Due Diligence and Counter Extremism Group (DDCEG) has been expanded and has recently launched a dedicated telephone helpline (020 7340 7264) to enable school staff and governors to raise concerns relating to extremism directly and in confidence.

Please note that the helpline is not intended for use in emergency situations, such as a child being at risk of harm or a security incident. In these situations normal safeguarding procedures should be followed. Prevent concerns should be forwarded to the MASH or Hampshire Constabulary (101 or 999 in an emergency).