Prevent Policy & British Values

PREVENT POLICY & BRITISH VALUES


Preventing violent and non-violent extremism and radicalisation

Who does this policy apply to?

The Prevent Policy applies to everyone working at or attending the College. It confers responsibilities on all Management, College staff, students, agency staff and volunteers, contractors, visitors, consultants and those working under self-employed arrangements.

Policy Statement

The aim of the Prevent Policy is to create and maintain a safe, healthy and supportive learning and working environment for our students, staff and visitors alike. We recognise that extremism and exposure to extremist materials and influences can lead to poor outcomes for students. We further recognise that if we fail to challenge extremist views we are failing to protect our students from potential harm. As such the Prevent agenda, will be addressed as a safeguarding concern.

 

The College has adopted the Prevent Duty in accordance with legislative requirements. However, we will endeavour to incorporate the relevant duties so as not to:

(a)    Stifle legitimate discussions, debate or student engagement activities in the local community; or

(b)   Stereotype, label or single out individuals based on their origins, ethnicity, faith and beliefs or any other characteristics protected under the Equality Act 2010.

Why do we need this policy?

Background information

Prevent is one of 4 strands of the Government’s counter terrorism strategy – CONTEST. The UK currently faces a range of terrorist threats. Terrorist groups who pose a threat to the UK seek to radicalise and recruit people to their cause. Therefore early intervention is at the heart of Prevent which aims to divert people away from being drawn into terrorist activity.

Prevent happens before any criminal activity takes place by recognising, supporting and protecting people who might be susceptible to radicalisation.

 

The national Prevent Duty confers mandatory duties and responsibilities on a range of public organisations, including Private / FE Colleges, and seeks to:

  • Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views.
  • Provide practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and violent extremism 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, the internet and health.

 

1 British Values are detailed within the Prevent Duty and include democracy, the rule of law, Individual and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.

 

The Government has created a system of ‘threat level’ which represents the likelihood of a terrorist attack in the near future. The current threat level from international terrorism in the UK is severe, which means that a terrorist attack is highly likely.

 

Our Prevent Policy has five key objectives:

1.      To promote and reinforce shared values, including British Values1; to create space for free and open debate; and to listen and support the learner voice.

2.      To breakdown segregation among different student communities including by supporting inter-faith and inter-cultural dialogue and understanding; and to engage all students in playing a full and active role in wider engagement in society.

3.      To ensure student safety and that the College is free from bullying, harassment and discrimination.

4.      To provide support for students who may be at risk of radicalisation, and appropriate sources of advice and guidance.

5.      To ensure that students and staff are aware of their roles and responsibilities in preventing violent and non-violent extremism.

Definitions

The following are commonly agreed definitions within the Prevent agenda:

  • An ideology is a set of beliefs.
  • Radicalisation is the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism that may lead to terrorism.
  • Safeguarding is the process of protecting vulnerable people, whether from crime, other forms of abuse or from being drawn into terrorism-related activity.
  • Terrorism is an action that endangers or causes serious violence, damage or disruption and is intended to influence the government or to intimidate the public and is made with the intention of advancing a political, religious or ideological.
  • Vulnerability describes factors and characteristics associated with being susceptible to radicalisation.
  • Extremism is vocal or active opposition to fundamental British Values, including democracy, the rule of law, Individual and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.

 

Aims 

Leadership and Values

To create and maintain a College ethos that upholds core values of shared responsibility and wellbeing for all students, staff and visitors whilst promoting respect, equality and diversity and understanding.

This will be achieved through:

Ø  Promoting core values of respect, equality and diversity, democratic society, learner voice and participation.

Ø  Building staff and student understanding of the issues and confidence to deal with them through mandatory staff training, specialist tutorials, awareness campaigns and community engagement activities.

Ø  Deepening engagement with local communities and faith groups.

Ø  Actively working with the local Prevent Group which includes representation from Police, Local Authorities, Health, Education, Probation, and Fire & Rescue services.

 

Teaching and Learning

To provide a curriculum that promotes British Values, knowledge, skills and understanding, to build the resilience of students by undermining extremist ideology and supporting the learner voice.

This will be achieved through:

Ø  Embedding British Values, equality, diversity and inclusion, wellbeing and community cohesion throughout the curriculum.

Ø  Promoting wider skills development such as social and emotional aspects of learning.

Ø  A curriculum adapted to recognise local needs, challenge extremist narratives and promote universal rights.

Ø  Teaching, learning and assessment strategies that explore controversial issues in a way that promotes critical analysis and pro-social values.

Ø  Use of external programmes or groups to support learning while ensuring that the input supports College goals and values.

Ø  Encouraging active citizenship and learner voice.

 

Student Support

To ensure that staff take preventative and responsive steps, working with partner professionals, families and communities.

This will be achieved through:

Ø  Strong, effective and responsive student support services.

Ø  Developing strong community links and being aware of what is happening in the locality, including within the College’s own community.

Ø  Implementing anti-bullying strategies and challenging discriminatory behaviour.

Ø  Recognising factors that may increase risk to a student, i.e. vulnerability, disadvantage or hardship, and implementing early risk management strategies.

Ø  Ensuring that students and staff know how to access support in College and/or via community partners.

Ø  Supporting students with problem solving and repair of harm.

Ø  Supporting ‘at risk’ students through safeguarding and crime prevention processes.

Ø  Focusing on narrowing the attainment gap between the different groups of students.

Ø  Working collaboratively to promote support for students across all areas of the College, including those students in off-site provision.

  

Roles and responsibilities

Whilst this is a standalone policy, it is integral to our Safeguarding Policy and should be

applied as an extension to the College’s current and established safeguarding procedures.

The Management’s Responsibility:

Management Team have a legal responsibility under the Prevent Duty to make sure they have undertaken training in the Prevent Duty.  Additionally, the MT must ensure that:

Ø  all College staff have undertaken training in the Prevent Duty;

Ø  all College staff are aware of when it is appropriate to refer concerns about students, learners or colleagues to the Safeguarding Officer;

Ø  all College staff exemplify British Values into their values;

Ø  policies and procedures to implement the Prevent Duty are in place and acted on where appropriate.

 

PLC’s Safeguarding and Prevent Team

The Safeguarding and Prevent Board meet termly and any concerns raised under the Prevent agenda or changes to the Duty that affect the College are discussed within this Board.

All Staff

All staff at the College have a responsibility to:

Ø  create and support an ethos that upholds the College’s mission, vision and values including British Values, to create an environment of respect, equality and diversity and inclusion;

Ø  attend Prevent training in order to have the skills to recognise those who may be vulnerable to radicalisation, involved in violent or non-violent extremism, and to know the appropriate action to take if they have concerns;

Ø  report any concerns around extremism or radicalisation via the safeguarding reporting channels;

Ø  report and remove any literature displayed around the College that could cause offense or promote extremist views;

Ø  support the development of staff and student understanding of the issues around extremism and radicalisation through activities such as training, awareness campaigns and tutorials;

Ø  participate in engagement with local communities, schools and external organisations as appropriate.

 

Managing Risks and Responding to Events

The College will ensure that it monitors risks and is ready to deal appropriately with issues which arise through the following:

Understanding the nature of threat from violent extremism and how this may impact directly and indirectly on the College.

Ø  Identifying, understanding and managing potential risks within the College from external influences.

Ø  Responding appropriately to events reported via local, national or international news that may impact on students and communities.

Ø  Ensuring plans are in place to minimise the potential for acts of violent or non-violent extremism within the College.

Ø  Ensuring measures are in place to respond appropriately to a threat or incident within the College.

Ø  Continuously developing effective ICT security and responsible user policies.

Ø  Ensuring compliance with related policies.

 

Who needs to understand this policy and how will they know about it?

Prevent training for all College staff, students and apprentices is mandatory and will be delivered by the following methods:

Who?

How?

Students & Apprentices

 

Policy available on the College website. Prevent awareness included in student induction sessions and in the Student/Apprentice Handbook . Information about Prevent delivered through mandatory tutorials and resources by the tutor/assessor, and via attendance at and participation in Prevent and British Values related student activities.

 

Management Team

Management undertake mandatory training and receive updates; table regular discussions at Board meetings and in Exec meetings; national and local Prevent leads to attend meetings/discussions as appropriate; an annual briefing and report will be delivered outlining relevant changes to the Prevent agenda and detailing actions taken at the College to ensure compliance and student safety.

All teaching staff

Receive mandatory training and updates; briefings by Heads of Curriculum; ‘All Staff’ e-mails; visits to team meetings by Prevent leads if requested.

Business Support staff who interact with students

Briefing by line managers; copies of the policy to be distributed, undertake mandatory training and updates.

 

In addition:

Ø  All new members of staff will receive Prevent training as part of their induction programme.

Ø  All agency staff, volunteers and contractors will be provided with appropriate training

/ updates regarding changes to the Prevent agenda.

  

Policy Summary

Our commitment to meeting the Prevent Duty can be summarised as follows:

P – Promotion of Equality and Diversity and positive relationships between staff and students

R – Referral of any concerns via Safeguarding staff to relevant authorities

E – Embedding British Values and education for students on all courses

V – Vetting guest speakers and removal of any posters or other materials of an extremist nature

E – Environment – a safe and secure site with CCTV, sufficient security procedures and online filters

N – News monitoring for any concerns in the locality

T – Training of staff to raise awareness of the signs and risks

 

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BRITISH VALUES:

British values are of paramount importance to us at PLC. We see British values as underpinning what it is to be a citizen in a modern and diverse Great Britain.

As well as actively promoting these values to our students, we are also embedding these into student work across all curriculum areas.

In 2014, the Department of Education published guidance on promoting British values in schools to ensure young people leave school and college prepared for life in modern Britain and these values were first set out in the ‘Prevent’ strategy in 2015.

  • DEMOCRACY
  • THE RULE OF LAW
  • INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY
  • MUTUAL RESPECT
  • TOLERANCE OF DIFFERENT FAITHS & BELEIFS

With these values in mind, at Presidency London College we aim to:

  • Help students to become valuable and rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background
  • Promote the basic British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those of different beliefs and faiths to students
  • Ensure young people understand the importance of respect and leave college fully prepared for life in modern Britain
  • Celebrate difference and promote diversity
  • Encourage an understanding of the difficulties other cultures face where such values are not respected

We are also taking action to:

  • Ensure that all our students have a voice that is listened to and valued and demonstrate how democracy works through promoting our Student representatives and encouraging students to feedback to us through Student Surveys.
  • Use opportunities such as general elections and debates to promote British values and help students to argue and defend different points of view
  • Develop and encourage extra-curricular activities amongst students which promote fundamental British values such as Faith and Belief groups and a peer support scheme
  • Actively consult with our student representatives to gather student views and feedback on key college policies that effect the student body
  • Encourage student participation in working with the wider community and commemorating key events such as Holocaust Memorial Day and Armistice Day to gain an understanding of how British values have evolved
  • Encourage students to become responsible learners and to actively participate in their own learning and development.

 

 Policy approved by the Management of PLC on 19-Dec-2016.  

Next review due:  20th Dec 2017

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