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 learners are exposed to. All terrorist groups who pose a threat to us seek to recruit and radicalise individuals to their cause. Nationally Prevent seeks to:
The UK has a system of threat levels which represents the likelihood of an attack in the near future. The five levels are:
The current threat level within the UK is determined as Substantial.
The Government’s new counter terrorism Bill places certain duties on further and higher education institutions in relation to the prevention of radicalisation and extremism. This policy seeks to ensure that Capital 4 Training meets the expectations of this legislation and have an integral part to play in adopting 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 and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We also include in our definition of extremism calls for the death of members of our armed forces.
This policy has the following aims:
This policy should be read in conjunction with Capital 4 Training’s Safeguarding Policy and the Equality and Diversity Policy.
For the purposes of this policy British values will be defined as:
“Democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different backgrounds, characteristics, beliefs and faiths”
This definition is a natural extension of the three core values of Respect, Responsibility and Professionalism.
Embedding values within Capital 4 Training
Equality and Diversity, the values of respect and tolerance will be embedded within teaching and learning sessions. This will be supported by additional tutorials where necessary on a range of subjects that support values and values based decision making. Staff will encourage open and safe debate with support from specialist staff as and when required.
Coordination and overall responsibilities
The designated Safeguarding Officer will have overall responsibility for the coordination of any Prevent activity.
Partnership and working with other agencies
Capital 4 Training will engage with relevant external agencies such as local authority, police and the Regional Prevent Coordinator. We will share information with external agencies as and when appropriate to safeguard learners.
Capital 4 Training’s Safeguarding Officer will conduct a prevent risk assessment, this risk assessment and subsequent action plan, which will be reviewed annually, or sooner, if required.
All Capital 4 Training employees are required to complete safeguarding training; this will also include the prevention of radicalisation and extremism awareness training. Training will provide staff with the ability to identify and understand the factors that make people vulnerable to being drawn into extremism and the knowledge of Capital 4 Training’s processes and procedures to report concerns. This will form a mandatory element of staff training both at induction and at quarterly meetings.
The distribution of leaflets and other literature within the Capital 4 Training
Any literature being distributed within Capital 4 Training from external agencies or by learners when this literature is not related to their training programme requires prior permission from the Quality Manager and/or Commercial Manager.
Speakers and events
Capital 4 Training actively seeks guest speakers and external agencies to assist and support in the learning experience. However, we will refuse entry to those speakers whose values are contrary to Capital 4 Training’s own and who may wish to engage with Capital 4 Training as a way to promote extremist views.
Capital 4 Training employs web filtering intended to stop learners accessing inappropriate material whilst on their premises. Capital 4 Training will continue to promote online safety and educate learners about safe and responsible internet use, embedded within their course programme.
Reporting concerns about vulnerable students
Any concerns related to learners who may be vulnerable to radicalisation should be reported using the Capital 4 Training’s safeguarding procedures.
Making a referral to Channel or other agencies
The designated Safeguarding Officer will make a decision whether concerns should be raised with an external agency.
All staff are responsible for completing and maintaining training on preventing radicalisation and extremism and for making themselves aware of the procedures contained within this document.
The designated Safeguarding Officer has overall strategic responsibility for the implementation of this policy and for reporting concerns to external agencies as appropriate.