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British Values and the Prevent Duty

Marple Childcare have produced a simple ‘trifold leaflet’ which you may find useful – please see our Newsletters and Useful Information page.

What are British Values?

  • Democracy
  • Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty (within the rule of law)
  • Mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs

British Values are not taught as a separate subject but are reflected through all aspects of our settings.

Ways in which we reflect the four fundamental British Values at Marple Childcare settings:

Democracy: making decisions together, for example giving opportunities to develop enquiring minds in an atmosphere where questions are valued.  Enabling children to compromise, play cooperatively, where each child’s voice is seen as important and valued equally.
Rule of Law: understanding that rules matter (this is already part of Personal Social and Emotional development, one of the 7 areas of learning), for example collaborating with children to create rules and codes of behaviour. Learning to take turns, share, learning right from wrong.
Individual Liberty: freedom for all, reflecting on their similarities and differences, understanding we are free to have different opinions, as long as they are within the rule of law and do not infringe other people’s liberties.  Help children develop their respect for different choices, interests and opinions and that they have the right to be heard.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance: treat others as you want to be treated, for example sharing and respecting other’s opinions.  Recognising that we have different beliefs and opinions but we must have mutual respect for differences and not infringe people’s individual liberty to have different opinions, beliefs and challenge intolerance of other faiths, cultures or races at all times.

W h a t  i s  t h e  P R E V E N T  D U T Y ?

From 1 July 2015, under the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015, all schools and childcare providers must have regard to the need to prevent people being drawn into terrorism and extremism.

What is Extremism?
It is vocal or active opposition to fundamental British Values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.
What is Radicalisation?
It is the process by which people come to support terrorism and extremism and in some cases, to then participate in terrorist groups.

What does the Prevent Duty mean for staff and children at Marple Childcare?

As with all Early Years providers and schools, we are subject to the Prevent Duty and are expected to demonstrate activity in the following areas:

  • Assessing the risk of children being drawn into terrorism.
  • Demonstrate that we are protecting children and young people from being drawn into terrorism by having robust safeguarding policies.
  • Ensure that our safeguarding arrangements take into account the policies and procedures of the Local Safeguarding Children Board.
  • Make sure that our staff have training that gives them the knowledge and confidence to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism and to challenge extremist ideas that can be used to legitimise terrorism.
  • We must ensure children are safe from terrorist and extremist material when accessing the internet.