Welcome to the Enfield Prevent Hub pages. Here you will find Prevent updates, resources, and further information about Prevent in education.
In Enfield, the work of Prevent focuses on safeguarding vulnerable individuals away from supporting or becoming involved in terrorism and providing support and advice. We ensure our work reflects local needs and work closely with the Home Office and other local and national departments.
The Enfield Prevent team includes a dedicated Prevent Education Officer (PEO). The PEO can assist schools, colleges and other education establishments with:
- Staff training
- Delivering assemblies and workshops to students
- Developing and sharing related teaching resources
- Guidance and advice on referrals
- Safeguarding policies and risk-assessments
All services listed are free of charge and can be arranged by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is Prevent?
Prevent forms one part of CONTEST, the government’s counter-terrorism strategy, and aims to respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism, stop people being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are appropriately supported and advised. This involves working closely with government departments, local authorities, educational establishments, and community organisations.
Prevent is relevant to everyone
The 2015 Counter-terrorism and Security Act requires “specified authorities” such as educational establishments to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. All members of staff who work for or with a school should be aware of their statutory duty and who to speak to if they have concerns. An establishment’s Designated Safeguard Lead (DSL) will usually be responsible for making Prevent referrals but all pastoral staff should have a detailed knowledge of the Prevent duty.
Making a safeguarding referral:
Prevent sits within an education setting’s existing safeguarding processes and procedures. To make a prevent referral, please access the Children’s Portal. If you have any queries about the referral process, please do not hesitate to contact email@example.com
Noticing that a young person’s behaviour is concerning is the first step in the safeguarding process. Whilst some indicators, such as out of character incidents, dramatic changes in daily habits, or age-inappropriate acts may be more noticeable, it is important to remember that some indicators may be harder to identify or may gradually develop over time. Regular training will help front-line professions link concerning behaviour to relevant safeguarding issues. The section entitled ‘Signs of radicalisation in young people’ will help staff decide whether the concern is relevant to Prevent.
Safeguarding concerns are likely to be of a sensitive nature and therefore should be handled with discretion and adherence to your establishment’s guidance. However, checking with another member of staff, particularly in a secondary school context, will help piece together a young person’s behaviour. It may be useful to speak to someone who has greater knowledge of the individual (Head of Year, form tutor or core subject teacher). Consider answering the following questions:
- Is this behaviour out of character?
- Have other members of staff noticed this behaviour?
- Is the child already receiving support?
- Is this behaviour being replicated in other lessons/ contexts?
- Do others agree that this behaviour is concerning?
All safeguarding concerns must be shared with your school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead/ Child Protection team. Concerns should be recorded on school systems and should be both detailed and objective (stating facts without allowing opinion to influence the account). If a referral to the Local Authority is necessary, an ‘Early Help Assessment Form’ should be completed (available from the Enfield Council website) and sent to childrensMASH@enfield.gov.uk.
If you are considering making a referral, you can seek advice and guidance from the Enfield Prevent team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have developed the resources below to further embed the Prevent duty within the curriculum. These can be adapted for assemblies, form time and lessons. You should consider whether the content is age appropriate for your students before use.
A one-hour lesson exploring extremism and the effects and consequences of radicalisation.
Suitable for KS4 and KS5 – recommended for use in form time, Citizenship or PSHE lessons.
Further teaching materials can be accessed through the Educate Against Hate website.