The Prevent duty: governors' role

Understand what your board needs to do to make sure your school complies with the Prevent duty. Use our audit tool to help you monitor compliance.

Last reviewed on 19 July 2023
School types: All · School phases: All
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  1. Understand the requirements
  2. Monitor compliance
  3. Use our template to audit your school's practice
  4. Make sure your policies reflect the duty
  5. Undertake training
  6. Prepare for questions from Ofsted

Understand the requirements

The Prevent duty requires schools to “have due regard to the need to prevent people being drawn into terrorism," as described in Home Office guidance.

If you need to learn more about the Prevent duty, read our 1-page summary first.

Monitor compliance

As a governor, your role is one of oversight. 

Has relevant policies that reflect the requirements (see our section on policies below) Makes sure staff are appropriately trained in Prevent, including being aware that radicalisation is a safeguarding issue that can put children at risk of harm (paragraph 31 of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023) Assesses the risk of pupils being drawn into terrorism Has good protocols in place to check that any visiting speakers are appropriately selected, supervised and challenged if necessary Takes