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Schools: Radicalism

Department for Education written question – answered on 15th March 2016.

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Photo of Craig Whittaker Craig Whittaker Conservative, Calder Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that staff in state-funded schools receive Prevent awareness training.

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson Minister of State (Education)

It is important that staff have the training they need to equip them to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism and to challenge extremist ideas. Individual schools are best placed to assess their training needs in the light of their assessment of the risk. The Department’s core statutory safeguarding guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education makes clear that, as a minimum, designated safeguarding leads in schools and colleges should be trained in Prevent. This can be found on GOV.UK at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/keeping-children-safe-in-education--2.

To help raise awareness of Prevent and issues around radicalisation amongst front line staff, the Home Office is continuing to roll out freely available Workshops to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP). There are a number of professionals, particularly in safeguarding roles (many of whom work within local authorities and the police), who are accredited WRAP facilitators. There has been a significant increase in the number of WRAP training sessions delivered since the end of 2014. The greatest volume of WRAP training has taken place in schools with a significant increase in numbers of staff trained. Over 32,000 staff within schools were WRAP trained in 2015.

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