Last updated October 2018. Next Review Date: September 2019
LDB Prevent Policy
Preventing violent and non-violent extremism and radicalisation at Learning and Development Bureau in line with the Government Prevent Strategy.
The purpose of this policy is to:
1.1 ensure an awareness of “Prevent” within Learning and Development Bureau;
1.2 provide a clear framework to structure and inform our response topotential radicalisation, including a supportive referral process for thosewho may be susceptible to the messages of extremism;
1.3 to provide a framework to embed British Values into the curriculum andways of working; and
1.4 recognise current practice which contributes to the Prevent agenda andidentify areas for improvement
- Why do we need this policy?
2.1 Background Information
Prevent is one of four strands of the Government’s counter terrorismstrategy – CONTEST. The UK currently faces a range of terroristthreats. Terrorist groups who pose a threat to the UK seek to radicaliseand recruit people to their cause. Therefore, early intervention is at the
heart of Prevent which aims to divert people away from being drawn intoterrorist activity.
2.2 Who does this policy apply to?
The Prevent Policy applies to everyone working at or attending theCollege. It places responsibilities on all governors; College staff;learners; agency staff and volunteers; contractors; visitors; consultants;and those working under self-employed arrangements.
Learning and Development Bureau has adopted the Prevent Duty in accordance with legislativerequirements.The aim of the Prevent Policy contributes to maintaining a safe, healthyand supportive learning and working environment for our learners, staffand visitors alike. We recognise that extremism and exposure toextremist materials and influences can lead to poor outcomes forlearners. We further recognise that if we fail to challenge extremist
views, we are failing to protect our learners from potential harm. Assuch, the Prevent agenda, will be addressed as a safeguarding concernand dealt with in accordance with guidance from the National Office ofCounter-Terrorism.
PREVENT happens before any criminal activity takes place by recognising,supporting and protecting people who might be susceptible toradicalisation.The national Prevent Duty confers mandatory duties and responsibilitieson a range of public organisations, including Further Education Colleges,and seeks to:
2.3.1 respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and aspects ofextremism, and the threat we face from those who promote theseviews;
2.3.2 provide practical help to prevent people from being drawn intoterrorism and violent extremism and ensure they are givenappropriate advice and support; and
2.3.3 work with a wide range of sectors where there are risks ofradicalisation which needs to be addressed, including education,criminal justice, faith, the internet and health.
The following are commonly agreed definitions within the Prevent duty:
3.1 an ideology is a set of beliefs;
3.2 radicalisation is the process by which a person comes to supportterrorism and forms of extremism that may lead to terrorism;
3.3 safeguarding is the process of protecting vulnerable people, whetherfrom crime, other forms of abuse or from being drawn into terrorism relatedactivity;
3.4 terrorism is an action that endangers or causes serious violence,damage or disruption andis intended to influence the government or tointimidate the public and is made with the intention of advancing apolitical, religious or ideological agenda;
3.5 vulnerability describes factors and characteristics associated with beingsusceptible to radicalisation; and
3.6 extremism is vocal or active opposition to fundamental British Values,including democracy, the rule of law, individual and mutual respect andtolerance of different faiths and beliefs.
4.1 Leadership and Values
To create and maintain a College ethos that upholds core values ofshared responsibility and wellbeing for all learners, staff and visitorswhilst promoting respect, equality and diversity and understanding.
This will be achieved through:
4.1.1 promoting core values of respect, equality and diversity,democratic society, learner voice and participation;
4.1.2 building staff and learner understanding of the issues andconfidence to deal with them through mandatory staff training,specialist tutorials and awareness campaigns etc;
4.1.3 actively working with the representatives from the community,
external partners and public services.
4.2 Teaching and Learning
To provide a curriculum that promotes British Values, knowledge, skillsand understanding, to build the resilience of learners by underminingextremist ideology and supporting the learner voice.
This will be achieved through:
4.2.1 – embedding British Values, equality, diversity and inclusion,wellbeing and community cohesion throughout the curriculum;
4.2.2 – promoting wider skills development such as social and emotionalaspects of learning;
4.2.3 – a curriculum adapted to challenge extremist narratives andpromote universal rights;
4.2.4 – teaching, learning and assessment strategies that explorecontroversial issues in a way that promotes critical analysis;
4.2.5 – encouraging active citizenship and learner voice.
- Roles and Responsibilities
Whilst this is a stand-alone policy, it is integral to our Safeguarding Policy andshould be applied as an extension to Learning and Development Bureau’s current and establishedsafeguarding procedures.
5.1 The Board of the Corporation
All Board Members have a legal responsibility under the Prevent Duty tomake sure they have undertaken training in the Prevent Duty.Additionally, the Board must ensure that:
5.1.1 – all College staff have undertaken training in the Prevent Duty;
5.1.2 – all College staff are aware of when it is appropriate to referconcerns about learners or colleagues to the SafeguardingOfficer;
5.1.3 – all College staff exemplify British Values into their teaching; and
5.1.4 – policies and procedures to implement the Prevent Duty are inplace and acted on where appropriate.
5.2 Prevent Lead for Learning and Development Bureau
The Training and Compliance Manager is the Prevent Lead, withresponsibility for ensuring that our Prevent Policy is implemented acrossLearning and Development Bureau and that any concerns are shared with the relevantorganisations, in order to minimise the risk of our learners becominginvolved with terrorism.
The Training and Compliance Manager will ensure that all newmembers of staff will receive Prevent training as part of their inductionprogramme.
5.3 College Safeguarding and Governance
The Governors are presented with a termly report to discussSafeguarding and Prevent concerns raised and changes to the Duty thataffect Learning and Development Bureau are discussed at these meetings.
5.4 All Staff
All staff at Learning and Development Bureau have a responsibility to:
5.4.1 – create and support an ethos that upholds Learning and Development Bureau’s mission,vision and values including British Values, to create anenvironment of respect, equality and diversity and inclusion;
5.4.2 – attend PREVENT training in order to have the skills to recognisethose who may be vulnerable to radicalisation, involved in violentor non-violent extremism, and to know the appropriate action totake if they have concerns;
5.4.3 – report any concerns around extremism or radicalisation via thesafeguarding reporting channels;
5.4.4 – report and remove any literature displayed around Learning and Development Bureauthat could cause offense or promote extremist views;
5.4.5 – support the development of staff and learner understanding of theissues around extremism and radicalisation;
5.4.6 – participate in engagement with external organisations asappropriate.
- Managing Risks and Responding to Events
Learning and Development Bureau will ensure that it monitors risks and is ready to deal appropriatelywith issues which arise through the following:
6.1 understanding the nature of threat from violent extremism and how thismay impact directly and indirectly on Learning and Development Bureau;
6.2 identifying, understanding and managing potential risks within theCollege from external influences;
6.3 responding appropriately to events reported via local, national orinternational news that may impact on learners and communities;
6.4 ensuring plans are in place to minimise the potential for acts of violent ornon-violent extremism within Learning and Development Bureau;
6.5 ensuring measures are in place to respond appropriately to a threat orincident within Learning and Development Bureau; and
6.6 continuously developing effective ICT security