The Prevent Duty Guidance sits under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015. It was released by the UK Government in March 2015 and made a legal requirement on 1st July 2015. It requires schools (and other specified bodies) to put measures in place to “prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.
If a member of the public (or someone working with the public) has a concern about a person they know who may be radicalised, they can raise these concerns with their local authority safeguarding team or the police for an assessment.
Recent figures released from the Prevent Programme show that in 2015/16, a total of 7,631 individuals were subject to a referral due to concerns that they were vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism. The education sector made the most referrals (2,539) accounting for 33%, followed by the police (2,377) accounting for 31% of referrals. Of the 7,631 individuals referred, the majority (4,274; 56%) were aged 20 years or under (See Figure 4.1 in the report).
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