The PREVENT Strategy
The Government published its Prevent Strategy in 2010 and since then there has been a growing awareness of the specific need to safeguard children, young people and families from extremism. Unfortunately, there are now many instances, nationally, of extremist groups attempting to radicalise the vulnerable members of our society to hold extremist views justifying political, religious, sexist or racist violence and an intolerance of diversity.
From July 2015, all schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security act 2015 to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. This means that we have the same duty to protect children from extremist and violent views as we do to protect them from drugs and physical abuse.
Maryport Infant School values freedom of speech and the expression of beliefs and ideology as fundamental rights that underpin our values. Pupils and staff have the right to speak freely and voice their opinions. However, this freedom of speech comes with responsibility and free speech that is designed to manipulate the vulnerable and incite violence goes against the British values that we promote. Freedom of speech has to be subject to laws and policies governing equality, human rights, community safety and cohesion. We are very clear that exploitation and radicalisation should be viewed as a safeguarding concern in our School.