Overview of PREVENT Duty

What is our prevent duty?


  • Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat faced from those who promote it;
  • Protecting vulnerable people from harm at an early non-criminal stage;
  • Prevent is part of existing safeguarding responsibilities and not an additional job;
  • Have due regard to prevent learners from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support
  • Work with other sectors who have a significant interaction with people who could be vulnerable to radicalisation i.e. BIS Prevent coordinators, local authorities, LSCB, Police, Fire service, NHS, other education providers, Youth Offending Service & Adult Probation Services. (via Silver CONTEST Group)

How do we meet our duty?


  • Named Single Point of Contact (SPoC) for Prevent referral;
  • Memorandum of Understanding with Durham Constabulary (information sharing agreement);
  • PREVENT Risk assessment;
  • Prevent Steering Group;
  • Partnership working;
  • Staff training; including Principal, Governors, SEG, SU Representatives;
  • Welfare and pastoral care;
  • Online safety - Specific reference to PREVENT within the IT policy; implement an IT filtering system;
  • Checking external speakers and events;
PREVENT Single Point of Contact (SPoC)

Leaders and managers have defined responsibilities under the PREVENT Duty. They must ensure that management and co-ordination arrangements are in place to share information across the relevant curriculum areas, with a single point of contact (SPoC) for operational delivery of PREVENT-related activity.

The SPoC is required to ensure that the college actively engages in regular data sharing both within the college and with other partners, as appropriate, including police, local authority, other college SPoCs, and the Regional DfE-appointed PREVENT Co-ordinator.

The SPoC for New College Durham is:

Christine Padgett

Location: Main Building, Blue Section B 0.10
Availability: Monday to Thursday 08:30 - 17:00, Friday 08:30 - 16:30
Notes: Manager, ASC

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