St Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Primary School

Deanwood Drive, Parkwood, Gillingham, Kent, ME8 9NP
Tel: 01634 371892
Headteacher: Mrs Louise Prestidge

What is the Prevent Strategy?

The Prevent strategy is part of the Government's overall counter-terrorism strategy - CONTEST. The aim of the Prevent strategy is  prevent people from being drawn into terrorism or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. 

The Prevent Strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including the extreme far-right wing and extreme Islamist groups.

How does the Prevent strategy apply to schools and parents?

Since July 2015 all schools have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. This means we have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views.

The Prevent strategy is not just about discussing extremism itself, which may not be appropriate for younger children. However, it is about teaching children values such as tolerance and mutual respect. Importantly, we can provide a safe place for the children to discuss any issues so they better understand how to protect themselves.


Online impact

Many children are spending more time than ever on social media and gaming platforms so it is no surprise that online grooming by extremists is on the rise. Young people are especially being targeted by groups and individuals promoting violence and hatred. Helping your child be digitally aware and knowing the signs of radicalisation will help keep them safe and protect them from potential risks.
More information and Support for Parents 
You can find our more information about radicalisation including spotting the signs, real life stories and how to report on the ACT Early website. This website is specifically for parents, friends and families who are concerned about loved ones at risk of radicalisation.  


Resources to support parents can also be found on the educate.against.hate website, including how to talk to your child about extremism and how to report a concern.