Prevent is at the heart of ensuring that our communities and families are not exploited or groomed into following a path of violent extremism. Prevent is all about safeguarding and supporting those vulnerable to radicalisation, to stop them from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
It is one of the four strands of the government's "CONTEST" counter-terrorism strategy; the other strands are Pursue, Protect and Prepare.
The aim of CONTEST is to reduce the risk to the UK and its citizens and interests overseas from terrorism, so that people can go about their lives freely and with confidence. The Home Office provides full details of the updated CONTEST Strategy.
Many of the things we already do at the Meadows School to help children become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the Prevent strategy.
- Exploring other cultures and religions and promoting diversity
- Promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, as well as British values such as democracy
- Developing critical thinking skills and a strong, positive self-identity
- Challenging prejudices and racist comments
- We will also protect children from the risk of radicalisation, for example by using filters on the Internet to make sure they can’t access extremist and terrorist material, or by vetting visitors who come into school to work with pupils.
The statutory guidance refers to the importance of Prevent awareness training to equip staff to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism and to challenge extremist ideas. At our school all teaching and support staff complete Prevent Training.
At the Meadows School, we build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values.
British Values include
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty and mutual respect
- Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs
Please also see our British values Policy.
If an individual is assessed to be vulnerable to radicalisation, they may be offered support through the Channel programme.
This is a multi-agency programmes designed to safeguard and support vulnerable individuals at risks of being drawn into terrorism. Channel is run in every local authority in England and Wales and addresses all types of extremism, including extreme right-wing and Islamist-related.
If you or anyone else is in immediate danger, you must contact the police by calling 999.
If you have concerns that someone may be vulnerable to extremism, then please help them and report as follows:
- Under 18: Email West Midlands Police at CTU_GATEWAY@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk, Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) at Access_Team@sandwellchildrenstrust.org and Sandwell Council at Prevent_Inbox@sandwell.gov.uk
- 18 and over: Email West Midlands Police CTU_GATEWAY@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk and Sandwell Council at Prevent_Inbox@sandwell.gov.uk
The Single Point of Contact (SPOC) at the Meadows School is: Theodora Papaspyrou (Acting Headteacher & DSL)