Introduction and Context
Prevent is part of a Government initiative to
develop a robust counter terrorism programme –
CONTEST. The UK faces a range of
terrorist threats. All the terrorist
groups who pose a threat to us seek to radicalise and recruit people to their
cause. The Prevent strategy seeks to:
- Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism
and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these
- Provide practical help to prevent people from being
drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support
- Work with a wide range of sectors where there are
risks of radicalisation which needs to be addressed, including education,
criminal justice, faith, charities, the internet and health
A system of threat level has been created which represents the
likelihood of an attack in the near future.
The five levels are:
Critical- an attack is expected imminently
Severe – an attack is highly likely
Substantial – an attack is a strong possibility
Moderate – an attack is possible but not likely
Low – an attack is unlikely
The current threat level from international terrorism in the UK is ‘substantial’
which means that a terrorist attack is a strong possibility.
Further Education colleges including Independent Training Providers are
major education and training providers for the 16 – 25 year age group,
particularly young people from ethnically diverse and socially and economically
disadvantaged areas. The age and profile
of our learners make it crucial to be involved in the Prevent strategy. Prostart
have a part to play in fostering shared values and promoting cohesion.
This strategy has five key objectives:
- To promote
and reinforce shared values; to create space for free and open debate; and to
listen and support the learner voice.
- To break
down segregation among different learner communities including by supporting
inter-faith and inter-cultural dialogue and understanding, and to engage all learners
in playing a full and active role in wider engagement in society
- To ensure learner
safety and that Prostart is free from bullying, harassment and discrimination
- To provide
support for learners who may be at risk and appropriate sources of advice and
- To ensure
that learners and staff are aware of their roles and responsibilities in
preventing violent extremism.
In order to achieve these objectives the strategy will concentrate on
Leadership and Values
To provide an ethos which upholds core values of shared responsibility
and wellbeing for all learners, staff and visitors and promotes respect,
equality and diversity and understanding.
This will be achieved through:
- Promoting core values of respect, equality and
diversity, democratic society, learner voice and participation
- Building staff and learner understanding of the
issues and confidence to deal with them
- Deepening engagement with local communities
- Actively working with local schools, local
authorities, police and other agencies
To provide a curriculum which promotes knowledge, skills and
understanding to build the resilience of learners, by undermining extremist
ideology and supporting the learner voice.
This will be achieved through:
equality, diversity and inclusion, wellbeing and community cohesion
- Promoting wider skill development such as social
and emotional aspects of learning
- A curriculum adapted to recognise local needs,
challenge extremist narratives and promote universal rights.
- Encouraging active citizenship/participation and
- Embedding British Values into the curriculum and
ensuring that learners understand the terms extremism and radicalisation.
To ensure that staff are confident to take preventative and responsive
steps working with partner professionals, families and communities. This will be achieved through:
- Maintaining strong and effective learner support
- Listening to what is happening in the community
- Reinforcing anti-bullying strategies and
challenging discriminatory behaviour
- Helping learners and staff know how to access
support at Prostart and or through community partners
- Supporting at risk learners through safeguarding
and crime prevention processes
- Focussing on narrowing the attainment gap for all learners
Risks and Responding to Events
To ensure that Prostart monitors risks and is ready to deal
appropriately with issues which arise. It will do this through:
- Understanding the nature of the threat from violent
extremism and how this may impact directly or indirectly at Prostart
- Understanding and managing potential risks within Prostart
from external influences
- Responding appropriately to events in local,
national or international news that may impact on learners and communities
- Ensuring measures are in place to minimise the
potential for acts of violent extremist within Prostart (Impero software for
monitoring ICT installed).
- Ensuring plans are in place to respond
appropriately to a threat or incident at Prostart
- Adhering to the ICT security and responsible user
policies already in place.
- Adhering to the General Data Protection Regulation
when sharing information.
There is a
risk assessment in place for PREVENT which is reviewed quarterly and a section on PREVENT is also included
in the Business Continuity & Risk Register.
and PREVENT Policy
Access to staff and student IT Accounts and Equipment
Staff Development and Training Policy General Data Protection Regulation Policy
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