Employers Guide to Prevent

Understanding Prevent

The National Prevent Strategy is part of the Government’s counter terrorism strategy – CONTEST. It addresses all forms of terrorism and is designed to tackle the problem at its roots. The Prevent Duty was introduced to safeguard communities against the threat of extremism, radicalisation and/or becoming involved in or supporting terrorism, and for the promotion of British Values.

Prevent has three clear objectives:

  • Challenging the ideology that supports terrorism and those who promote it.
  • Protecting vulnerable individuals to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support.
  • Supporting sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation.

Employer Responsibilities

As an employer you will need to:

  • Ensure online safety and safeguarding measures as mentioned above are put in to practice.
  • Alert Prostart to any concerns you may have around radicalism and extremism.
  • Be alert to any changes in behaviour that may give your cause for concern. There are often no obvious signs but the following may help:

Crime/anti-social behaviour

Significantly changing their appearance, changing peer/friendship groups

Their unwillingness to engage with people of a different race, religion, gender etc.

Accessing extremist material, showing sympathy to extremist groups

Prostart Responsibilities

Duty of Care
Section 26 of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a duty on educational establishments to have “due regard to the needs to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This is not about preventing apprentices from having political and religious views or concerns but supporting them to use or act on their views and concerns in a non-extremist way.

Prostart therefore has a legal responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all their learners and to ensure that they operate within the law.

  • All staff have completed training on Prevent Duty
  • Are aware when it is appropriate to refer concerns to our safeguarding officers
  • All staff have up to date DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks
  • To provide apprentices with information so they know how to protect themselves from extremist views contrary to British values.


Reporting Concerns
If you are worried or concerned about your apprentice, please contact our Safeguarding Officers on 0115 9468182 or your Prostart contact tutor/assessor, alternatively email the Safeguarding Officer Paula Vaughan paulavaughan@prostartuk.co.uk

Once we have investigated concerns, the Safeguarding Lead will determine the most appropriate course of action and may refer to the Channel programme.

What is Channel?

Channel is a programme that provides support to people who are identified as being vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism or extremism. It is a supportive approach and operates in the pre-criminal space. The programme uses a multi-agency approach to protect vulnerable people by:

  • Identifying individuals at risk
  • Assessing the nature and extent of the risk
  • Developing the most appropriate support plan for the individuals concerned


Ideology: A set of beliefs.

Extremism: Defined by the Governments as “vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.”

Radicalisation: The process by which a person comes to support terrorism and extremist ideologies.

Terrorism: A violent act against people or property, designed to create fear and advance a political, religious or ideological cause.

British Values are defined as democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different religions.

For further information
What is Prevent – Let’s Talk about it – http://www.ltai.info/

The Prevent Duty – https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/445977/3799_Revised_Prevent_Duty_Guidance__England_Wales_V2-Interactive.pdf

Channel – https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/425189/Channel_Duty_Guidance_April_2015.pdf

Police information –