Protecting children from radicalisation: the prevent duty

Guidance for schools and childcare providers on preventing children and young people from being drawn into terrorism.


The prevent duty: for schools and childcare providers


This is for:

  • school leaders, school staff and governing bodies in all local-authority-maintained schools, academies and free schools
  • owners, governors and staff in all independent schools
  • owners, managers and staff in childcare settings

This is about the ‘prevent duty’ in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015.

The guide ‘The use of social media for online radicalisation’ is also available to help schools.

Read further prevent duty guidance for use in England, Wales, and Scotland - including information for higher and further education institutions.


Preventing extremism in schools and children's services

If you are concerned about extremism in a school or organisation that works with children, or if you think a child might be at risk of extremism, contact our helpline.

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