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Prevent duty

The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act places a duty on specified authorities, including schools and colleges, to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism ('the Prevent duty'). The Prevent duty reinforces existing duties placed upon educational establishments for keeping children safe.

Make a referral

Norfolk Channel Procedures (updated 2019) give guidance around making referrals to the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) about Prevent. If you are concerned that someone may be vulnerable to radicalisation or extremism in Norfolk, you should use the National Prevent referral form. The form replaces the VTR1 and is designed in such a way to prompt the referrer to describe as much detail as possible, which in turn will allow for comprehensive and timely assessment. Send completed forms to:

If you have any questions about completing the referral form please call The Prevent Team on 01953 423905 or 01953 423896 .

Guidance and training

As part of the Norfolk’s strategic approach to the Prevent duty, risk assessment and action plan templates have been produced for all the relevant sectors (including education) – these templates along with the Strategy can be downloaded from the Norfolk County Council website.