Newbridge is committed to providing a secure environment for students, where children feel safe and are kept safe. All adults in our school recognise that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility irrespective of the role they undertake or whether their role has direct contact or responsibility for children or not.
Prevent is short for ‘Preventing Violence and Extremism’
Prevent covers all forms of terrorism and extremism and some aspects of non-violent extremism. The overall aim is to stop individuals or groups engaging in terrorism or supporting violent acts and extremism by raising awareness of issues, and supporting those that may be vulnerable
The Prevent Strategy has three main objectives:
Ideology to respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and of those extremist views conducive to it.
Individuals to prevent vulnerable people from being drawn into terrorism by developing and expanding programmes to identify who they are, and then to provide them with help and support.
Institutions to work within the wide range of sectors and Institutions where the Ideology, the Ideologues and vulnerable people come together and where there are either risks of radicalisation or opportunities to prevent it – or both. That means education, health, faith, charities, prisons and probation, and the internet.
Common misunderstandings about prevent.
Prevent is not about catching terrorists, it is about identifying people who may be at risk of radicalisation and supporting them to change direction in a way that will help them.
It is not ‘spying on communities’. It is supporting those people who may be vulnerable to extremist ideologies before they cross the threshold into criminal activity. Those suspected of already being engaged in illegal activity will be managed through the criminal justice system in accordance with normal criminal justice processes.
There are only a very small number of people who support terrorist activity, or are likely to. The vast majority of people, in all communities, want to see terrorism prevented, and want to play their part as good citizens in helping to make that happen.
Prevent work covers all forms of potential terrorism, such as Al Qaeda, ISIL (Islamic State in Sharm and the Levant) inspired, the far right, Irish republican, animal rights, faith-based extremism and others. However, the Government considers the threat posed by individuals and groups inspired by Al Qaeda and ISIL to be the biggest risk to national security at the moment, so it is appropriate that this receive a proportionate focus of the work.
There is also growing national concern about the risk of far right violence, especially since the killings in Norway in 2011, the murder of Mohammed Saleem in Birmingham in 2013, neo-Nazi activity elsewhere in Europe and the growth of ‘Defence League’ groups and their associated splinter groups that have formed in the UK and Europe.