Prevent Duty

The Prevent Duty

Whiston Willis Primary Academy is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. Every member of staff recognises that safeguarding against radicalisation and extremism is no different to safeguarding against any other vulnerability in today’s society. The Tackling Extremism and Radicalisation Policy sets out our beliefs, strategies and procedures to protect vulnerable individuals from being radicalised or exposed to extremist views, by identifying who they are and promptly providing them with support.

Definitions and Indicators

Radicalisation is defined as the act or process of making a person more radical or favouring of extreme or fundamental changes in political, economic or social conditions, institutions or habits of the mind.

Extremism is defined as the holding of extreme political or religious views.

In the social dynamic of our school community, we recognise that this may take the form of extreme right wing beliefs.

There are a number of behaviours which may indicate a child is at risk of being radicalised or exposed to extreme views. These include;




Short tempered


New found arrogance



Fixated on subject

Closed to new ideas

Change in language or use of words

Asking inappropriate questions

‘scripted’ speech


Use of internet

Change in routine

New circle of friends


Change in appearance – hair, clothing

Whiston Willis Primary Academy promotes the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development of all our pupils. Our curriculum promotes the fundamental British Values of Democracy, The Rule of Law, Individual Liberty and the Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with different faith and beliefs.

Pupils are regularly taught about how to stay safe when using the internet both in school and outside of school and are encouraged to recognise that people may not always be who they say they are when online. Pupils are taught to seek adult help if they are upset or concerned about anything they read, hear or see on the internet.

Through assemblies, themed days and the wider curriculum we prepare pupils for potential risk. As with other online risks of harm, teachers need to be aware of the risks posed by the online activity of extremist and terrorist groups and ensure that pupils are aware and safe from this, when accessing the internet in school and outside of school.

Our curriculum is creative, broad and balanced; it promotes respect, tolerance and diversity. Pupils are encouraged to share their views and recognise that they are entitled to have their own beliefs which may differ from others and should not be used to influence others.

Our PSHE and Citizenship provision is embedded across the curriculum and underpins the ethos of our school. It is recognised that pupils with low aspirations are more vulnerable to radicalisation and therefore we strive to equip our pupils with confidence, self-belief, respect and tolerance as well as setting high standards and expectations for themselves.

Our school is committed to prevention and strategies and procedures that protect vulnerable individuals from being radicalised or exposed to extremist views. If we identify a pupil who is, or may be at risk, advice will be sought from Knowsley Safeguarding Children's Board and if necessary, Merseyside Police/Prevent Officer.

The aims of our good practice Prevent Statement is to ensure that staff are fully engaged in being vigilant about radicalisation; that they overcome professional disbelief that such issues will happen here and ensure that we work alongside other professional bodies and agencies to ensure that our pupils are safe from harm.

If you have any concerns regarding Radicalisation or Extremism, please contact a member of our Safeguarding Team in school:

J. Watkins 

I. Cooper

P. Steele

B. Myring

C.A Hennessey

All staff/governors in Whiston Willis Primary Academy have undertaken:

  • Prevent Basic Awareness Training



Contact the school

Call and speak to either

Mrs Joyce Jones

on 0151 477 8270

Whiston Willis Community

Primary School, Milton Avenue

Prescot, L35 2XY

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