The aim of ‘Prevent’ is to stop people becoming or supporting terrorists and to do this by challenging ideologies, protecting vulnerable individuals and supporting institutions, such as schools. It is part of the National Counter Terrorism Strategy known as CONTEST.


In 2008, the then Department for Children, Schools and Families  launched ‘Learning Together to be Safe’ – a tool kit to help schools contribute to the prevention of violent extremism and the Government’s ‘Prevent Strategy’. In 2011 the current Government reviewed CONTEST and the Prevent Strategy in particular.  The  current objectives for the 2015 Prevent strategy are as follows:

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

Click on the link below if you would like to see the full document describing the Prevent Duty


(DFE June 2015 – most up to day advice)

At St. Joseph’s we recognise our responsibilities in this area and undertake an annual risk assessment that covers our whole school community with respect to prevent. Staff have annual training to comply with our duty and  our Directors/Governors have also received training.



If there are members of our school community that are at risk of radicalisation we have to react. To this end we have two age appropriate deliverable programmes for our pupils.

To see the programmes please click on the links below:

Prevent KS1 Respect for all

Prevent KS2 A Rich Tapestry

Updated September 2020.