St Martin's School

An independent, co-educational preparatory school.

Prevent Duty

Prevent Duty for Schools

Our wide range of safeguarding and child protection duties includes the Government’s Prevent Strategy. Our aims and practises are reflected in the Prevent section of the Safeguarding Policy.

Since the 1st July 2015 all schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent Duty for Schools.

At St Martin’s School, we recognise that safeguarding and creating a safeguarding culture is the responsibility of everyone who works here. As a school we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is no different from safeguarding against any other vulnerability.  At St Martin’s School, we build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling our pupils to challenge extremist views. You can read about what we do to promote British Values in our Policy.

The statutory guidance refers to the importance of Prevent awareness training to equip staff to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism and to challenge extremist ideas. All Staff at St Martin’s undertake annual Safeguarding training including Prevent training.