The Department of Education has issued a new non-statutory advice document intended to support schools in understanding and meeting their new duty, under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, to have ‘due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’ in the exercise of their function.

A copy of this advice note can be accessed here.

This duty is known as the Prevent Duty and came into force from 1 July 2015. The duty applies to a wide range of public bodies, including all schools, and such bodies are required to have regard to the relevant statutory guidance. The Department of Education’s advice document is intended to complement the statutory guidance available and to assist schools in understanding the implications of the Prevent Duty. The advice recognises that many schools will already be taking action to protect children from the risk of radicalisation or otherwise being drawn into terrorism and in such cases no further action may be necessary.

However, governing bodies, school leaders and school staff in maintained schools, non-maintained special schools, proprietors of independent schools (including academies and free schools), alternative provision academies and 16-19 academies should ensure they are complying with the Duty and give due regard to the advice provided.