Safeguarding - DfE advice on the Prevent Duty and consultation on FGM

22 September 2015

DfE advice on the Prevent Duty

Statutory guidance has been published by the Home Office pursuant to the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (CTSA). Schools are listed as specified authorities in the CTSA and are required to ‘have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’. This duty came into force on 1 July 2015 and on the same date DfE published departmental advice for schools and childcare providers entitled ‘’The Prevent Duty’ which summarises

  • what the prevent duty means
  • what will need to be done to demonstrate compliance with the duty and
  • details about other sources of information, support and advice.

The DfE has also published a briefing guide for schools setting out social media is used to encourage travel to Syria and Iraq. Earlier this year the Home Office updated its Channel Duty Statutory Guidance for Channel panel members and partners of local panels, protecting vulnerable people from being drawn into terrorism. Independent schools are listed as partners of local panels and are required to have regard to the Guidance.

Consultation on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

The Home Office has launched a consultation which seeks views on the draft statutory multi-agency practice guidance on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) for frontline professionals in England and Wales. The purpose of the guidance is to ensure that it captures the full range of evidence, responsibilities, duties and good practice to support professionals in safeguarding women and girls from FGM.

The deadline for submissions is 30 September 2015.

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