The Prevent strategy, published by the Government in 2011, is part of their overall counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST. The aim of the Prevent strategy is to reduce the threat to the UK from terrorism by stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism or extremist causes. The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including the extreme right wing, violent Islamist groups and other causes.
Prevent - Some questions you may have:
Isn’t my child too young to learn about extremism?
The Prevent strategy is not just about discussing extremism itself, which may not be appropriate for younger children. It is also about teaching children Values, such as Respect for others, which is what we do every day at St. Mary's.
We also teach children about our diverse country and the importance of respecting others views through our Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum.
Any discussions around this subject are always suitable for the age and maturity of the children involved.
Is extremism really a risk in our area?
Extremism can take many forms, including political, religious and misogynistic extremism. Some of these may be a bigger threat in our area than others.
Through Values Education and our PSHE curriculum, we aim to provide children with the skills to protect them from any extremist views they may encounter, now or later in their lives.
For more information, please find a hand pamphlet below to support parent/carer understanding about the Prevent strategy: