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Sean Arbuthnot

Sean Arbuthnot

The Prevent duty and British values - safeguarding against extremism and radicalisation

With extensive practical experience of dealing with extremism and radicalisation, Sean Arbuthnot is a highly regarded Prevent duty specialist who delivers bespoke training and presentations to educational settings nationwide.

As a former police detective in the Midlands he was responsible for the strategic and practical implementation of Prevent and has personally supported numerous vulnerable individuals who were at risk of various types of extremism, including far-right and Islamist-inspired ideologies. As a local Prevent co-ordinator he retains an up-to-date knowledge of this complex field as he provides strategic management and support for local Prevent activity, community engagement and youth outreach projects.

Sean has worked with countless schools, colleges and nurseries to support staff in their understanding and implementation of the Prevent duty. He can also advise on how to successfully embed British values within various educational settings. His comprehensive training is bespoke according to the audience, organisation and location. He knows how to make an intimidating, challenging subject matter enjoyable, accessible and relevant, as evidenced by many glowing testimonials.

His presentations to students are inspirational and engaging as he draws on his unique personal experiences and real-life case studies to highlight the reality of extremism and radicalisation, and how to build resilience and safeguard against them.

Sean's expertise in Prevent is highly sought-after and as a result he is a frequent contributor to national television and radio on matters such as counter-terrorism and extremism.

Testimonials from Teachers

"Sean has presented to our cohort of 200+ A Level students and was both engaging and informative, delivering a complex subject matter in a sensitive way. The style and content of Sean's session appealed to the students and drew them in to discussion and lively debate. We eagerly await our next visit from Sean."

– Tamsen Ward, Sixth Form Study Manager, The Duston School

"Thank you for coming up to Barnsley today. It was a stunning presentation and I’m really grateful that you were able to speak to staff and that they had an opportunity to listen to you. It’s certainly provided food for thought and, essentially, ensured that they are clearer about Prevent and their role in supporting it."

– Mat Wright, Vice Principal, Horizon Community College

"Just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to Sean - our sixth form are absolutely buzzing after the session and really enjoyed it. They were all so inspired I think and it's great to hear them wanting to hear more."

– Hayley Millar, Assistant Head of Sixth Form, Wrenn School​

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