Prevent Duty & British Values Policy
We comply with the requirements of the Prevent Duty Guidance and its aim to protect children from radicalisation, extremism and being drawn into terrorism. All childminders will have appropriate training covering The Prevent Duty.
We are aware of the Government PREVENT strategy which aims to protect children from terrorism and radicalisation and we want to share with you how we will incorporate the strategy into our safeguarding procedures.
Terrorism – the Terrorism Act 2000 defines terrorism as: “The use or threat of action designed to influence the government or an international governmental organisation or to intimidate the public, or a section of the public; made for the purposes of advancing a political, religious, racial or ideological cause; and it involves or causes: serious violence against a person; serious damage to a property; a threat to a person’s life; a serious risk to the health and safety of the public; or serious interference with or disruption to an electronic system.”
Radicalisation refers to the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism leading to terrorism.
We understand that the PREVENT strategy requires early years’ providers to identify any children who are considered to be at risk of being involved in terrorism or radicalised and refer them to the appropriate authorities.
British values – alongside the PREVENT strategy, the Government has stated that all early years’ providers must teach children about and actively promote fundamental British values. Fundamental British values include democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs and must be taught in age-appropriate ways.
The Government have stated that early education funding will be withdrawn from any providers who do not comply with this requirement and Ofsted will judge how effectively British values are taught during inspections.
If we feel a child is at risk from extremism, terrorism or radicalisation due to their family circumstances, beliefs and background we have a duty to report this to the relevant authorities: Police, Children’s Access Point (Social Services), Childminder Agency, Ofsted. This may be because of comments or observations by/of the child/family; in these situations, a full record will be kept of these concerns.
Our commitment to teach children British values
We are committed to providing the highest quality care and learning for all children. We recognise the requirement from the Department for Education (inspected by Ofsted) to ensure children are protected from radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
We are committed to teaching the children in our care about British values which are embedded in everything we do.
Ofsted guidance states that the requirement to teach children British values aims to “promote tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths (or those of no faith), cultures and lifestyles; and support and help, through their words, actions and influence within our setting and more widely in the community, to prepare children and young people positively for life in modern Britain.”
The government defines British values in the Prevent Strategy as:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty and personal responsibility
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different cultures, faiths and beliefs
To ensure we comply with these government requirements we have reflected on our teaching and curriculum and considered how we promote British Values in our setting –
- Children are treated with respect and dignity
- Their views are requested and always considered – children are asked for their thoughts and ideas, these are also recorded in their files and books.
- They are given choices about where they want to go and what they are doing – decisions are made together about meals, trips, activities etc.
- When we buy new resources or make changes to the provision children are consulted
- Believe in free speech for all – everyone is allowed their opinion and a turn to speak
- When a child says ‘no’ we stop and think more carefully about what we are asking them to do
The rule of law
- Children are taught about right and wrong and contribute to our behaviour goals
- Reminders about appropriate behaviour are made frequently and explanations are made as to why rules are necessary and their reasoning behind them
- Children are encouraged to reflect on their behaviour during group activities using props and books appropriate for their ages and stages of learning
- Themes such as ‘people who help us’ support children to learn about the police and emergency services and their role in our society.
Individual liberty and personal responsibility
- Children understand the need for rules to keep them safe
- They support the younger children
- They recognise the need to respect resources and equipment
- Children’s successes are in their Online Learning Journey files to which parents have a secure login
- Children are given shared responsibility for ensuring the provision is safe for everyone
- Independence is promoted from the earliest age.
- We use role play, books, stories and group sessions to teach children how to show empathy for and understanding of others
- Personal, social and emotional development is embedded in our day-to- day routines and planning
- Children learn how they can share and take turns with others in respectful ways
- Adults and older children are positive role models
- Positive images and stories of disability promote equality of opportunity for all
- Children are always spoken to respectfully
- Close working partnerships with parents and other settings children attend help us to raise outcomes for all children
- As part of our balanced curriculum themed activities support children to learn about British festivals such as St George’s Day, and events such as the London Olympics and special days celebrated by our British Royal family.
- Children are taught about modern Britain through themed activities which help them to learn in age appropriate ways about their local area, art, history, special days and the country in which they live
- They learn about Christianity as the major religion of the country in which they live
- We plan activities to help children mark special days from other religions, countries and cultures through our planning to teach them to respect the views and beliefs of others
- The children learn about their place in the wider world through books, multicultural and diverse resources, displays and themed activities
- The children are taken on outings to learn about the area of Britain in which they live.
If you have any concerns regarding this policy, please discuss them with us.