What is the Prevent Duty?

Prevent is part of the government’s overall counter-terrorism strategy which is called CONTEST. Prevent aims to reduce the threat of terrorism by stopping people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

The Prevent strategy has three specific objectives:

  • respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it
  • prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support
  • work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation.

There is Prevent duty statutory guidance for England and Wales and separately for Scotland, issued under section 29 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015. It places a duty on specific bodies to have ‘due regard to preventing people from being drawn into terrorism’.

Fir Tree Collage and the Prevent Duty

Fir Tree Collage is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all learners and staff. We recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation and extremism is no different from safeguarding against any other vulnerability.

We expect all of our staff and learners to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of human rights and British values and exemplify these in their practice, including democracy; the rule of law; individual liberty; mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

This statement reinforces our expectation that all staff at Fir Tree Collage are fully engaged in being vigilant about safeguarding, radicalisation and extremism. We will ensure that Fir Tree Collage works in partnership with professional bodies, external agencies and partners in our local community, to ensure that all learners are safe from harm.

Under the PREVENT duty, Fir Tree Collage has a designated Single Point of Contact, who is Suzanne Fletcher, the Designated Safeguarding Lead.

What shall I do if I am worried about a learner?

If you are concerned that a learner is demonstrating or exhibiting violent extremist behaviour is moving towards support for terrorism or is vulnerable to radicalisation then please contact Suzanne Fletcher on 01257 251502 /

If you think someone is in immediate danger call 999.

How can I report online terrorist and extremist material?

  • Report online material promoting terrorism or extremism - Find out more