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Written Statement - Publication of the updated Respect and Resilience Guidance

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Guidance and associated tool to support the development of community cohesion and prevent extremism in schools and other educational settings in Wales.
Huw Lewis, Minister for Education and Skills

The updated guidance: Respect and Resilience – Developing Community Cohesion and an associated tool will be published on 12 January 2016 on the Welsh Government website. The documents are shared with Assembly Members for information.

Further to the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 which includes a new duty on schools and colleges to “have due regard, in the exercise of their functions, to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”, the UK Government published the Prevent Duty Guidance: for England and Wales for specified public bodies, including education providers.

In addition, the UK Government’s Department for Education published The Prevent Duty: Advice for schools and childcare providers.

To align with this, DfES officials have updated the Welsh Government’s guidance document Respect and Resilience which was originally published in 2011. This guidance aims to support the development of community cohesion and prevent extremism in schools and other educational settings in Wales.

The updated publication consists of supplementary guidance, plus a self-assessment tool which will ensure that schools in Wales are able to meet the legal requirements of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015. The guidance is non-age specific, covering the Foundation, Primary and Secondary phases and provides clear, practical advice.

The guidance documents can be accessed on the Welsh Government website.