Prevent Strategy at Hodge Clough
Initial policy and risk assessment - Sept 2016
Reviewed - Sept 2017, Nov 2018, Feb 2020, Jan/Feb 21 and Jan 22
Key Safeguarding staff
M Oakes - Prevent Lead
N. Cavanagh – Head/safeguarding lead
W. Watson – Deputy Head/safeguarding/Prevent
K.McGee – Asst Head/safeguarding/Prevent
R. Lomas – Attendance Officer/ safeguarding
January 2022 - It is anticipated currently that there is a severe risk of a terrorist attack in the United Kingdom. The Government’s response to this threat is the Counter Terrorism and Security Act (2015). One key aspect of the Act is that schools now have a statutory duty to prevent young people in their care from being radicalised and drawn into terrorism. Although statistically our risk as a school is low we need to clearly demonstrate that we are taking strong measures to comply with the Act. This will be measured by Ofsted.
The three national Prevent objectives are:
- To respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it.
- To prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support.
- To support sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation.
The statutory guidance on the Prevent Duty summarises the requirements on Hodge Clough in terms of four general themes
Risk assessment- HCP carried out an initial risk assessment in Oct 2016. This is reviewed termly and and is currently under review for this term. Staff should understand when it is appropriate to make a referral to the Channel programme. Channel is a programme which focuses on providing support an early stage to people who are identified as being vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism.
Working in partnership – Local Safeguarding Children’s boards (LSCBs) are responsible for co-ordinating what is done by local agencies. The Prevent Lead for Oldham is Bruce Penhale. Effective engagement with parents is also important as they are in a key position to spot radicalisation.
Staff training – HCP has assessed our needs in light of the risk assessment. All staff received training over the course of the academic years 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2019/20. All staff are currently undertaking, on a rolling programme, online Home Office and Channel training for the academic year 2021/22. The Designated Lead is able to provide advice and support to other members of staff on protecting children.
IT policies – HCP strives to ensure children are safe from terrorist and extremist material when accessing the internet in school. We ensure that suitable filtering is in place. Internet safety is embedded in our PSHE/ SMSC curriculum. As with other online risks of harm, every member of staff needs to be aware of the risks posed by online terrorist and extremist groups. Our IT technician, Karl Bedford, is available for more specific ICT advice.
What to do if you have a concern
As explained above, if you have a concern about a particular pupil you should follow the school’s normal safeguarding procedures, including discussing with one of the school’s designated safeguarding leads, and where deemed necessary, with children’s social care. HCP has a specific Prevent Incident log where concerns should be recorded electronically as part of the CPOMS system.
In Prevent priority areas, the local authority will have a Prevent lead who can also provide support. You can also contact your local police force or dial 101 (the non-emergency number). They can talk to you in confidence about your concerns and help you gain access to support and advice. The Department for Education has dedicated a telephone helpline (020 7340 7264) to enable staff and governors to raise concerns relating to extremism directly. Concerns can also be raised by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that the helpline is not intended for use in emergency situations, such as a child being at immediate risk of harm or a security incident, in which case the normal emergency procedures should be followed.