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Tackling extremism and safeguarding: Updates to the Prevent Duty

Updated Prevent Duty guidance is in place with a greater focus on particular areas, not least tackling extremist ideology. Elizabeth Rose takes a fresh look at best practice in safeguarding against extremism
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The Prevent Duty (Home Office, 2015) has long been a core part of safeguarding work in schools. Formed as one of the four strands of the government’s anti-terrorism CONTEST strategy in 2003 in response to the threat posed by Islamist terrorism, it has been a key responsibility for schools to work to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism for many years.

The original approach has been adapted and extended over time and the most recent review into the strategy – the Independent Review of Prevent – was published last February (Home Office, 2023).

This review put forward 32 recommendations to address a range of issues with the Prevent strategy and to further strengthen the national approach to the threat of terrorism. 

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