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The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 contains a duty on specified authorities to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. This is also known as the Prevent Duty. The statutory guidance makes it clear that schools are expected to assess the risk of children being drawn into terrorism, including support for extremist ideas that are part of terrorist ideology.

At Heath Primary School Prevent Duty Awareness training has been attended by Sue Bowditch, Alternative Designated Safeguarding.

At Heath Primary School we will build children's resilience to radicalisation through the delivery of the school’s curriculum, in particular through Religious Education (RE) and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) lessons. Our school policies (for example, Anti-bullying and Prejudice Related Incidents Policy, Behaviour Policy) will be followed by all staff.

Be Alert to Behaviours of Concern

  • Being in contact with extremist recruiters and/or spending increasing time in the company of other suspected extremists.
  • Loss of interest in other friends and activities not associated with the extremist ideology, group or cause.
  • Possessing or accessing extremist materials or symbols including through social networking sites.
  • Using extremist narratives/language.
  • Graffiti symbols, writing or art work promoting extremist messages or images.
  • Significant changes to appearance and/or behaviour increasingly centred on an extremist ideology, group or cause.
  • Attempts to recruit others to the group/cause.
  • Using insulting or derogatory names for another group.
  • Involvement in prejudice-related incidents.
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