Prevent Duty


our school is participating in the Operation Encompass partnership scheme, between local schools, academies, colleges, community health agencies and Lancashire Police.

Operation Encompass was set up to provide early reporting to schools etc., about any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of school hours to which the young person attending our school has been exposed, and which might then have an impact on their schooling the following day.  This information will be shared throughout the year, including school holidays and weekends.

Information will only be shared with the school by the police where it is identified that a young person was present, witnessed or was involved in a domestic abuse incident.

A nominated member of staff, known as an Encompass Key Adult, has been trained to liaise with the police.  Here at Brownedge St Mary’s, this is Mrs Watson who is our Intervention Manager and one of the school’s Designated Safeguarding Leads.  She will be able to use the information that has been shared with her, in confidence, to ensure that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children or their families.  The Key Adult will keep this information confidential, and will only share it on a need to know basis, for instance, to teaching staff of the child or young person.  It will not be shared with other school students.

Operation Encompass was first introduced in Plymouth in February 2011, and has proved very effective in providing appropriate and timely support to young people affected by domestic abuse.  This initiative has been implemented across the whole of the Lancashire Police area.  If you would like some more information about it, you can view it online at www.operationencompass.org.

We are keen to offer the best support possible to our pupils and a recent review of operation Encompass showed that it is beneficial and supportive to all those involved.

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Preventing Radicalisation in school

Building resilience in our young people and the promotion of fundamental British values is at the heart of preventing radicalisation. We do this by providing a safe place in which children can discuss controversial issues, and we give them the knowledge and confidence to challenge extremist beliefs and ideologies. Our work with Sisters for Sisters, for example, which we have done for over five years now, helps children understand that Islam is a peaceful religion and that Muslims abhor recent events such as the Beach shooting in Tunisia.

Our new prevent duty, is carried out under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, which legally requires us to take steps to prevent pupils from being drawn into terrorism. We take this duty seriously and carry out the four main actions responsibly, namely: risk assessment, working in partnership, staff training and IT policies. If we assess a child as at risk, we will refer to the Channel Programme, which focuses on providing support at an early stage to people who are identified as being vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism.

In terms of training, we await delivery of WRAP training for our staff. (Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent). In terms of internet safety, we ensure suitable filters are in place to keep children away from extremist materials, in keeping with Lancashire guidelines.

We recognise that we play a vital role in keeping children safe from harm, including from the risks of extremism and radicalisation, and in promoting the welfare of children in our care.

What we do if there is a concern

If we have a concern about a particular pupil we will follow the school’s normal safeguarding procedures, including discussing with the school’s designated safeguarding lead, and where deemed necessary, with children’s social care. In Prevent priority areas, the local authority will have a Prevent lead who can also provide support.

We may also contact the local police force or dial 101 (the non-emergency number). They can talk to us in confidence about your concerns and help us 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 counter.extremism@education.gsi.gov.uk. 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.

Related documents: The Prevent duty: Departmental advice for schools and childcare providers , DFE June 2015

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