How regional Prevent coordinators can help providers.
Applies to England
How regional Prevent coordinators can help providers
The Department for Education (DfE) regional Prevent coordinators act to support and improve Prevent delivery in each region of England. Their remit encompasses the implementation of Prevent Duty responsibilities across schools, further education (FE) and higher education (HE) settings, as well as any other Department for Education interests in the region.
The coordinators are the DfE’s representatives in regional planning, assurance and support for Prevent delivery and other CONTEST related matters.
DfE regional prevent coordinators main responsibilities include:
- supporting to address concerns and improve Prevent delivery in the education sector, including where monitoring bodies have identified concerns
- taking the lead on ensuring support for education providers dealing with complex radicalisation or terrorism cases involving children or learners, or otherwise effecting an education setting
- engaging and liaising with education providers and police following terrorism activity that impacts on education settings
- offering virtual training and good practice events for education providers within the region and sharing relevant updates in a regional newsletter. Further details on these will be made available on this page
- coordinating effectively with other regional partners on the effective delivery of Prevent within the region
Find out more about Prevent and education
General support and advice on fulfilling your responsibilities:
introduction to the Prevent Duty for those with safeguarding responsibilities in schools and colleges
Educate Against Hate for resources and advice for schools and further education settings
Prevent Duty in higher education training materials
regional newsletters from the DfE Prevent coordinator, focused on HE and FE settings - sign up to newsletters.
If you have concerns that an individual is susceptible to being drawn into terrorism and would like to access advice and support, follow the guidance on making a Prevent referral.
Tell the police immediately by dialling 999 if you think a child, young person or adult learner:
- is about to put themselves or others in immediate danger
- appears to be involved in planning to carry out a criminal offence
If you have a concern about extremism within an education provider, including allegations against staff or adverse external influences on a provider, use the reporting extremism form.
If you are a HE provider and have experience a ‘Prevent-related’ incident, you may need to report it to the Office for Students (OfS). The OfS have published guidance on Prevent-related serious incidents.
If you are a new HE, FE or independent training provider, and would like access to regional good practice forums, contact PreventDuty.Support@education.gov.uk. Include your location, setting and nature of inquiry.
The regional Prevent coordinators are not able to assist every setting in day to day Prevent implementation, however if you are facing significant challenges and don’t have direct contact details for your relevant regional Prevent coordinator, contact PreventDuty.Support@education.gov.uk. Include your location, setting and nature of inquiry.