Key principles of effective prevention education

An evidence review of good practice in prevention education, produced by the PSHE Association on behalf of CEOP.

This report outlines 11 key principles of effective practice in prevention/ preventative education.

These principles will help PSHE education professionals to teach high-quality online safety education as part of their broader PSHE programmes. The principles are based on a literature review of research into common elements of successful educational interventions, encompassing hundreds of programmes in the UK and abroad. 

The report reveals that effective interventions are more likely to engage with parents and the wider community, the importance of using interactive and skills-based teaching strategies, and effective monitoring and evaluation. 

Experts in the field have urged education professionals to take an evidence-based approach, arguing that principles of effective practice are transferrable across areas of prevention education, from online safety and sex and relationships education, to programmes developing essential social and emotional skills. We hope this document will support teachers and other education professionals to deliver evidence-based online safety education, within the context of a broader PSHE programme.


Key principles of effective prevention education