Prevent Strategy – Information for Parents

From 1 July 2015 all schools have been 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 part of the Government’s Prevent Strategy.

What does this mean for staff and students at The Cooper School?

The Prevent strategy aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.  While it remains rare for children and young people to become involved in terrorist activity, young people from an early age can be exposed to terrorist and extremist influences or prejudiced views.  As with other forms of safeguarding strategies, early intervention is always preferable – it is important to note that Prevent works at the pre-criminal stage.    As school staff, we are particularly important parts of Prevent as we are in a position to identify concerns early and are best placed to provide help for our students in order to prevent concerns from escalating.

We have a duty of care for our students which includes safeguarding them from the risk of being drawn into terrorism.  Being drawn into terrorism includes not just violent extremism but also non-violent extremism, which can create an atmosphere conducive to terrorism and can popularise views which terrorists exploit.

Prevent can work within both violent and non-violent extremism arenas and can include topics such as hate crime, racism, bullying, online safety and extreme political views.

The Prevent strategy has three main objectives:

  1. Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it;
  2. Prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support;
  3. Work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation which we need to address.

Extremism: The Government’s Prevent strategy defines extremism as: ‘Vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.  We also include in our definition of extremism calls for the death of members of our armed forces.’


At The Cooper School we aim to provide a safe place where our students can have opportunities to understand and discuss sensitive topics, including terrorism and the extremist ideas that are part of the terrorist ideology and also to learn how to challenge these ideas.


If you have any concerns about a student who attends The Cooper School, please contact a member of the Core Safeguarding Team – 01869 242121 or you can contact the Oxfordshire Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) –  0845 050 7666