What is the Prevent Duty?

Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a duty on certain bodies, listed in Schedule 3 of the Act, to have ”due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’’. These statutory bodies include:

• Education                                                          

• Health

• Social Care

• Police

What is Extremism?

The government has defined extremism in the Prevent Duty as: “vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values’’. This also includes calls for the death of members of the British armed forces. Extremism and radicalisation might include violent Islamist groups, the extreme right wing and other causes.


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

“Radicalisation is a vague and non-specific word which different people may use to mean different things...this nation and our culture are tolerant of religious diversity...’’Justice Holman, March 2014

What are British Values?

British values are defined as ”democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs.’’

CONEL encourages its students and staff to respect other poeple with particular regard to the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010.

What is Safeguarding?

At the heart of Prevent is safeguarding children and adults and providing early intervention to protect and divert people away from being drawn into terrorist activity.

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as protecting children from maltreatment, preventing impairment of children’s health or development, ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care, and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes. Children includes everyone under the age of 18.

What are the Signs of Vulnerability?

• Loneliness or isolation

• Negative influence from other people

• Influences from the internet

• Drugs, gangs, violence and crime against them or their involvement in crime, such as race/hate crime, anti-social behaviour

• Family tensions and breakdown, poverty, homelessness and lack of self-esteem

• Personal or political grievances

• Recent political or religious conversion

• Sexual exploitation, physical or mental abuse.

What is the College’s role?

CONEL has a legal responsibility under the Prevent Duty to make sure that:

• All staff have undertaken training in the Prevent Duty

• We are aware of and when it is appropriate refer concerns about students or colleagues to the College’s Safeguarding and Prevent Lead Officer

• College staff, working with its partner organisations and employers, exemplify British values of ‘‘democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs’’ in their practice.

We have a statutory duty to ‘‘prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’’ and we need employers’ help and support to comply with this duty.

Many of the things we already do at CONEL helps students to be positive, happy members of society, and these include:

• Exploring other cultures and promoting diversity

• Challenging prejudices and racist comments and behaviours

• Developing critical thinking skills and a strong, positive self-identity

• Promoting spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

• Active promotion of British values.

We provide students with information so they understand how to protect themselves from extremist views contrary to British values, which they may encounter, now or later in their lives, helping to keep themselves safe.

We use a range of methods to protect students from the risk of radicalisation, such as:

• Embedding British values into our teaching and learning practice

• Educational online activity

• Ensuring all staff have received training

• Vetting visitors who deliver sessions

All our staff undergo to DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks.

The College has access to a range of support services, both internally and externally, which include: Drug, Alcohol and Health Awareness, Careers and Employability Support, Education and Training Support, Special Educational needs and Disabilities Services, Life and Social Skills Development, Mentoring and Counselling

Where staff have concerns, they report them to the College’s Safeguarding and Prevent Lead Officer, who determines what course of action to take and whether or not to make a referral to Channel. We ask that Employers do the same.

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

Employers’ Responsibilities Explained

You have a responsibility to:

• Alert the College to any concerns regarding your Apprentice(s)

• Provide opportunities for employees to discuss their own concerns about extremism, events in the news and British values

• Be alert to any changes that give you cause for concern.

Reporting Safeguarding Prevent concerns involving an Apprentice

If you have a concern, would like more information or have any questions, please contact our Safeguarding Team by telephoning the Safeguarding Hotline on 020 8442 3958 and asking for a Safeguarding Officer or contact your assessor who will be able to give you advice.

For more information

You will find more details about the Prevent Duty in our Safeguarding and Prevent policy, available on our website at www.conel.ac.uk/safeguarding

The following sources may be useful for further information:

• HM Government Prevent duty guidance: for England and Wales www.gov.uk/government/publications/prevent-duty-guidance

• What is prevent? Let’s talk about it www.ltai.info

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