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2 Sep 2015

DfE advice on the Prevent Duty

ISC issued an alert in March to draw schools’ attention to statutory guidance.

ISC issued an alert in March to draw schools’ attention to statutory guidance published by the Home Office under the Counter Terrorism Act 2015.

Schools are listed as specified authorities in the Act and are required to “have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.

The duty came into force on 1st July and on the same date DfE published departmental advice for schools and childcare providers on preventing children and young people from being drawn into terrorism. DfE has also published a guide for schools on how terrorist groups such as ISIL use social media to encourage travel to Syria and Iraq.

Schools should also read the Channel Guidance which is statutory guidance for partners of local panels. Schedule 7 of the Act lists independent schools as partners of local panels and under section 38 of the Act, partners are required to have regard this statutory guidance document.

ISC has been provided with links which schools may find useful:

DfE has kindly produced a summary and update note for ISC which can be viewed by clicking here.

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