Prevent programme (3)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2688
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Are you concerned that the use of Prevent within London schools and colleges could lead to the Metropolitan Police Service making highly political and controversial judgements about what is considered 'domestic extremism?

Answer

Answer for Prevent programme (3)

Answer for Prevent programme (3)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The 2015 Statutory Prevent Duty puts a requirement on public sector organisations to have due regard for individuals becoming radicalised, and when appropriate refer them to the relevant authorities. Referrals from London schools and colleges are therefore most likely to be made by teachers and other employees. These teachers will have a wider understanding about the behaviour and actions of an individual and are best placed to assess the risk of that individual being radicalised.

The MPS has significant experience in dealing with these issues and has built up considerable expertise in making difficult judgements. However, such judgements are most likely not to be made by the police.

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