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Prevent Policy

  • This policy sets out how Resolve will carry out its responsibility to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults from the risks associated with radicalisation, extremism, and terrorism.
  • The Prevent policy applies to all staff (teaching and non-teaching), Board members, volunteers, temporary and supply staff working in the education provision.

1 Introduction

The Government’s Prevent Agenda is one of the four elements of CONTEST, the government’s counter-terrorism strategy. The four elements are Pursue, Prevent, Protect and Prepare. CONTEST aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

The Government’s Prevent strategy;

  • responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views.
  • provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support.
  • works with a wide range of sectors (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health) where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to deal with.

The strategy covers all forms of terrorism, including far right extremism and some aspects of non-violent extremism.

The Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill seeks to place a duty on specified authorities including schools, colleges and universities to ‘have due regard, in the exercise of its functions, to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’. Resolve has developed a culture of safety and respect for its students, staff, and visitors. As part of this ethos Resolve has considered the Prevent Duty and the importance of collaborative working between college staff, local authorities, police, other educational institutions, policy makers and health providers to identify, detect and safeguard vulnerable people throughout the organisation.

2. Objectives of the Policy

  • To promote, implement and monitor Resolve’s responsibilities under the Prevent Duty to all students, staff, Board members and visitors to Resolve
  • To set objectives and an action plan to achieve the Prevent Duty.
  • To promote Resolve’s ethos and values.
  • To break down segregation among different student groups and to engage all students in having a full and active role with wider engagement in society.
  • To ensure student and staff safety.
  • To ensure that Resolve promotes a culture of non-bullying, non-harassment, and non-discrimination.
  • To provide support for students who may be at risk and develop appropriate sources of advice and guidance.
  • To ensure that students and staff are aware of their roles and responsibilities in preventing violent extremism and radicalisation.
  • To promote and embed British Values into the organisation’s procedures and curriculum offer.

3. British Values

The Prevent Duty states the British Values that are expected to be embedded into the curriculum offer and into the ethos of Resolve, they are:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

4. Safeguarding Ethos

Resolve is passionate about safeguarding its learners and staff and aims to protect children, young people, and adults at risk from all types of abuse and harm. Resolve’s ethos is to ensure the welfare and safety of staff, students, Board members and visitors.

Resolve has a statutory and moral duty to ensure that Resolve functions with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults at risk whilst receiving education and training at Resolve.

Resolve’s safeguarding and child protection procedures can be applied to allegations of abuse and to the protection of adults at risk as well as children.

The Prevent Strategy sits within the area of Safeguarding and Child Protection policies and procedures at Resolve.

5.Students

Information of the Prevent Agenda & Duty and Resolve’s Prevent Policy is promoted to students by inclusion in:

  • Safeguarding policy and procedures
  • Induction information

6.Staff

Staff will receive regular and up-to-date awareness training and guidance on how to deal with

  • Inappropriate material and behaviours
  • Disclosures by learners about their exposure to extremist actions, views, or materials
  • Accessing extremist material online
  • Parental or peer concerns
  • Intolerance of difference
  • Anti-Western or Anti-British views
  • The impact on the student and leaning environment

Resolve will ensure that all staff are familiar with the Prevent agenda, are able to promote British Values, understand how they can recognise practice and behaviours in students and colleagues and are aware of the course of action to take if they are concerned.

7.Resolve Board

Resolve Board will receive updates on safeguarding and child protection matters which will include the Prevent agenda. The Board will take a proactive role in the Prevent action plan and receive training and regular reports from the Designated Senior Safeguarding Person.

8.Internal Referral Procedure

Resolve staff should be aware of signs of radicalisation and have the confidence to report their concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Jacky Ellison, who will discuss the matter with other Senior Managers and external agencies, as necessary.
The Designated Senior Safeguarding Person and/or Team Member will decide what action is necessary which may include a discussion with the relevant Local Authority or Police. This discussion may be for advice purposes or for a referral.