Introduction and Context
Prevent is a strand of the Government’s counter terrorism strategy. The UK faces a range of terrorist threats. Threats are not limited to the threat from religious extremists and we, therefore, need to be mindful of all potential threats to which our students are exposed. All terrorist groups who pose a threat to us seek to recruit and radicalise individuals to their cause. Nationally Prevent seeks to:
- Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote those views.
- Provide practical help and support 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 need to be addressed, including the education sectors, criminal justice, faith groups, the internet and health service.
The UK has a system of threat levels which represents the likelihood of an attack in the near future. The five levels are:
- LOW means an attack is highly unlikely
- MODERATE means an attack is possible, but not likely
- SUBSTANTIAL means an attack is likely
- SEVERE means an attack is highly likely
- CRITICAL means an attack is highly likely in the near future
The current threat level can be found here.
The Government’s Counter Terrorism and Security Act places certain duties on further and higher education institutions in relation to the prevention of radicalisation and extremism. This policy seeks to ensure that the college meets the expectations of this legislation.
Private Apprenticeship Providers are major education providers for the 16-25-year-old age group, who are particularly vulnerable to radicalisation. They have an integral part to play in fostering a set of shared ‘British values’ and promoting community cohesion.
The government’s own definition of extremism as contained within the Prevent strategy will be the definition used within this policy and is:
“Vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.. We also include in our definition of extremism calls for the death of members of our armed forces.”
Aims of the Prevent policy
This policy has the following aims:
- To promote and reinforce a set of shared values, founded on tolerance and respect for others.
- To create a safe space for free and open debate;
- To promote a sense of community cohesion both within Multiverse and within its wider external community;
- To ensure that students are safe and that we create an environment that is free from bullying, harassment and discrimination;
- To support students who may be at risk from radicalisation and to be able to signpost them to further external sources of support where appropriate;
- To ensure that staff are aware of their responsibilities under this policy and are able to recognise and respond to vulnerable students.
Defining British Values
British values are defined by the Government as:
“democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.”
Managing risks and responding to events
Embedding values within Multiverse
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, the values of respect and tolerance are embedded in all teaching and learning sessions. This is supported by additional tutorials where necessary on a range of subjects that support values and values-based decision making. Coaches are empowered to encourage open and safe debate.
Coordination and overall responsibilities
The Designated Safeguarding Lead for Multiverse has overall responsibility for the coordination of Prevent activities. They are supported by the CEO and General Manager who takes the operational senior lead to Prevent implementation.
Partnership and working with other agencies
Multiverse fosters good working relationships with other agencies including the local authority, police and regional Prevent coordinator. Multiverse will share information with external agencies as appropriate to safeguard students.
Multiverse undertakes regular prevent risk assessments. This risk assessment and subsequent action plans are reviewed on an annual basis by the Designated Safeguarding Lead who carries oversight responsibility to prevent activities within Multiverse.
All members of staff undertake Prevent training; this is also extended to include the prevention of radicalisation and extremism awareness training. Training enables staff to identify and understand factors that make people vulnerable to being drawn into extremism and the knowledge of Multiverse processes and procedures to report concerns. This forms a mandatory element of staff training.
Multiverse carries out due diligence with all partner providers and ensures they have full awareness of radicalisation and extremism. Partner providers who do not have full awareness are given full training by Multiverse, which forms part the safeguarding and equality and diversity declaration provided by partners and forms part of our partner assessment processes and procedures.
The distribution of leaflets and other literature within Multiverse
Prior to any literature being distributed in Multiverse from external agencies or by apprentices when this literature is not related to their programme of study, the permission of the Head of Learning and Content, or in their absence the Curriculum Manager should be sought.
Speakers and events within Multiverse
Multiverse welcomes and actively encourages guest speakers and external agencies as a powerful mechanism to enrich the learning and wider learning experience. However, Multiverse will refuse entry to those speakers whose values are contrary to their own and who may be wishing to engage with them as a mechanism to promote extremist views.
Guest speakers are, in the main, booked and authorised by the Head of Community & Education, however, if staff are unsure about the validity of speakers or organisations wishing to host events at Multiverse, advice should be sought from the Head of Community & Education or the DSL.
External agencies wishing to hold an event at Multiverse should provide at least a month’s notice and be willing to share an outline of the event and presentational content prior to the event.
Further advice and procedures for the management of events and speakers are contained within the speakers and events policy.
Multiverse employs web filtering intended to stop students accessing inappropriate material whilst on their premises. This is encapsulated in the Multiverse IT Acceptable Use policy and breaches of the policy will be dealt with in accordance with the staff and apprentice disciplinary procedures. Multiverse continues to promote online safety and educate apprentices about safe and responsible internet use.
Multiverse proactively monitors attempts to access sites that are deemed unsuitable and extremist. The action is taken where this raises concerns about a student.
Reporting concerns about vulnerable apprentices
Concerns specifically related to apprentices who may be vulnerable to radicalisation should be reported using Multiverse’s Safeguarding Disclosure form.
Making a referral to Channel or other agencies
The Designated Safeguarding Lead will make a decision as to whether concerns should be raised with an external agency. The Designated Safeguarding Lead may decide to call a special meeting of the CEO and SLT to discuss concerns, make a referral to Channel and monitor issues.
Are responsible for undertaking training on preventing radicalisation and extremism, for making themselves aware of the procedures contained within this document and for promoting fundamental British values as part of their day to day activity.
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Has overall strategic responsibility for the implementation of this policy and for reporting concerns to external agencies as appropriate.
Regional Prevent Coordinators