Prevent Duty Policy
Reviewed: May 2017 - Version 2.0
1. Title: Prevent Duty Policy
2. Purpose: ECBC is required under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 to 'have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism'. This document sets out how we are complying with the duty.
3. Application: The policy applies to all staffs and students at East End Computing and Business College (ECBC)
4. Review and Amendment:
- This policy shall be reviewed yearly by Academic Board
- The next review will be in May 2018
This policy commenced from May 2017 and replaced any previous similar policy
Approved by Management and Adopted
Reviewed - Format changed to conform to ECBC Standard
Modification recommended by HEFCE Consultant in paragraph - 4.0,7.0 & 8.0
Legislative Framework and Rationale
Section 21 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (the Act) places a duty on certain bodies, listed in Schedule 3 to the Act, to have "due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism". The Act states that the authorities (including Further Education institutions) subject to the provisions must have regard to this guidance when carrying out the duty.
This policy is linked to the two sets of statutory guidance:
- Revised Prevent Duty Guidance for England and Wales (which includes general guidance for bodies in all sectors covered by the duty)
- Prevent Duty Guidance: for higher education institutions in England and Wales.
The College's Prevent work is intended to deal with all forms of extremist threats to the UK. Threats to safety and security originate from a range of extremist groups.
Extremist groups pose a continued threat to our safety and security.
Extremism is defined by the UK Government as "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" (UK Government, 2015).
The College's Prevent work depends on effective partnership. To demonstrate effective compliance with the duty, the College has ensured productive co-operation with the police and local authorities and co-ordination through existing multi-agency forums.
Critically, the College views Prevent strategy as an additional aspect of its already well-established Safeguarding Policies and Procedures.
2.0. Staff Training
2.1 The College recognises the need to provide appropriate training for staff involved in the implementation of this duty.
2.2 All College staff should understand what radicalisation means and why people may be vulnerable to it. They need to be aware of what we mean by the term "extremism" and the relationship between extremism and terrorism.
2.3 Staffs need to know what measures are available to prevent people from becoming drawn into terrorism and how to challenge the extremist ideology that can be associated with it. Staff need to understand how to obtain support for people who may be being exploited by radicalising influences.
2.4 The College works with external partners to ensure that appropriate training programmes are delivered to staff and governors.
2.5 Staff Training programmes will ensure that the following learning outcomes are addressed:
2.5.1 All staff should understand the process and policies in place when vulnerability has been identified
2.5.2 All staff are aware of the internal referral systems if they have a concern
2.5.3 All staff should know when referrals should be made to the Channel programme, and how to use College processes to do this
2.5.4 All staff should know how and where to get additional advice and support
3.0. Information Sharing
3.1 The Prevent programme must not involve any covert activity against people or communities. However, specified authorities may need to share personal information to ensure, for example, that a person at risk of radicalisation is given appropriate support (for example on the Channel programme). Information sharing must be assessed on a case-by- case basis and is governed by legislation. To ensure the rights of individuals are fully protected, the College ensures that information-sharing agreements are in place at a local level.
3.2 When considering sharing personal information, the College should take account of the following:
3.2.1 Necessity and proportionality: personal information should only be shared where it is strictly necessary to the intended outcome and proportionate to it. Key to determining the necessity and proportionality of sharing information will be the professional judgement of the risks to an individual or the public.
3.2.2 Consent: wherever possible the consent of the person concerned should be obtained before sharing any information about them.
3.2.3 Power to share: the sharing of data by public sector bodies requires the existence of a power to do so, in addition to satisfying the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Human Rights Act 1998.
3.2.4 Data Protection Act and the Common Law Duty of Confidentiality: in engaging with non-public bodies, the specified authority should ensure that they are aware of their own responsibilities under the Data Protection Act.
4.0. Disclosure and Referrals
4.1 Where a member of staff has any concerns about a student, as a matter of urgency they should refer the matter to Principal or Administration Manager or, in his absence, a member of the Administration Team. There may be some circumstances where the College, in the course of Prevent-related work, identifies someone who may already be engaged in illegal terrorist-related activity. An immediate emergency SMT meeting would be held for a collective and secretive decision, which would normally result in alerting the police to intervene.
5.0. Prevent Compliance
5.1 The College fully recognises its role in helping prevent people being drawn into terrorism, which includes not just violent extremism but also non-violent extremism, which can create an atmosphere conducive to terrorism and can popularise views that terrorists exploit.
5.2 The College understands that radicalisation is usually a process not an event. During that process, behaviours as well as opinions are likely to change. These changes may be apparent to the friends, families and work colleagues of the person concerned.
5.3 It is a condition of funding that as a further education provider, the College must comply with relevant legislation and any statutory responsibilities associated with the delivery of education and safeguarding of children and young adults.
5.4 The Prevent Strategy is to be implemented in a proportionate and risk-based way ensuring that opportunities in the Further Education curriculum are used to promote the British values to learners. British values are defined as "democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs". These values are clearly mapped in tutorial programmes.
5.5 The College will encourage young people to respect others with particular regard to the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010.
5.6 Young people will be taught about radicalisation and extremism as a part of the tutorial programme.
5.7 The Prevent work undertaken at the College will be closely aligned with the existing Safeguarding procedures.
5.8 The College already has robust procedures both internally and externally for sharing information about vulnerable individuals. Any concerns about a student at risk of radicalisation, should be made as a Safeguarding referral. This must be passed to the Designated Safeguarding Lead as a matter of urgency.
5.9 The College Principle will decide upon whether a referral to an external agency is appropriate. Various information sharing agreements with agencies are in place. Where appropriate and legal to do so, the College will always share information with other institutions and key partners.
6.0. Prevent risk assessment and outside speakers
6.1The College takes seriously its responsibility to exclude those promoting extremist views that support or are conducive to terrorism. Outside speakers who are deemed to have extremist views will not be invited into the College.
6.2The College has a robust system for assessing and rating risks associated with any planned events and visiting speakers, providing evidence to suggest whether an event should proceed, be cancelled or whether mitigating action is required (for example a member of staff alerting the further education Prevent co-ordinators to concerns in relation to a guest speaker).
6.3 All events and speakers are assessed and approved by the College Senior
Management Team (SMT)
6.4The College Senior Management Team (SMT) may ask to see the content of speaker's materials prior to the event, including an outline of the topics to be discussed and sight of any presentations, footage to be broadcast, etc.
6.5All visiting speakers will be supervised by a member of the College's staff, who are expected to interject or stop an event if they feel that the speaker is promoting extremist views or inequality in any form.
7.0. Online and e-Safety
7.1 The college has a robust system in place to prevent students' from downloading and uploading any sort of materials. However, downloading of relevant course materials is only possible by making a request through the reception.
7.2 The college has an efficient system in place whereby access to the internet from any IT System connected to the college network is recorded and the logs are retained to allow suspected misuse to be investigated in accordance with UK law.
7.3 The College will impose disciplinary action for breaching Computing Policy
7.4 The college will take day to day responsibility for e-Safety issues and has a leading role in establishing and reviewing the Computing Policy.
7.5 The college will ensure that all staffs are aware of the procedures that need to be followed in the event of an e-Safety incident taking place.
8.0. Prayer and Faith Facilities
The College at present have a multi-faith prayer room. The college Senior Management Team (SMT) ensures that there are clear guidance is available for the use of faith- related facilities. It upholds the principle that the multi-faith prayer room should be equally available to those of any or no faith, including for the storage of religious books and other articles. At the same time, it acknowledges that some faiths favour certain days, times and practices, and it asks and expects other members of college to respect such preferences. Thus, to avoid any sort of competition or dispute over the use of such room(s), a booking system is available through the reception for a rational monitoring of the facility.