The aim of "Prevent" is to stop people becoming, or supporting, terrorists and to do this by challenging ideologies, protecting vulnerable individuals and supporting institutions such as schools. It is part of the National Counter Terrorism Strategy known as CONTEST.
At St Joseph's Catholic Primary School we believe that children should be given the opportunity to explore the issue of diversity and understand Britain as a multi-cultural society. We provide a safe learning environment in which children can raise controversial questions and concerns without fear of reprimand or ridicule and exploring boundaries of what is acceptable will engender an open attitiude to multi-cultural and race issues.
We do this through our whole curriculum in particular, PSHE and RE, where we aim to foster in children values such as tolerance, respect, undertanding and collaboration. We also do this through our curriculum within a safe learning environment where all opinions are valued and challenged in a respectful and informed way.
All staff and governors receive up-to-date training as part of our safeguarding duties in the recognition of children who may be vulnerable to such extremism.
PREVENT uses a range of measures to challenge extremism including:
- Supporting people who are at risk of being drawn into terrorist or extremist activity through the Channel process.
- Working with and supporting community groups and social enterprise projects who provide services and support to vulnerable people.
- Supporting local schools, local industry and partner agencies through engagement, advice and training.
- Working with faith groups and institutions to assist them in providing support and guidance to people who may be vulnerable.
- Supporting people who are at risk of being drawn into terrorist or extremist activity through the CHANNEL process.
What is CHANNEL?
Channel provides support across the country to those who may be vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism. The overall aim of the programme is early intervention and diverting people away from the risk they may face. Channel uses existing collaboration between partners to support individuals and protect them from being drawn into terrorism.