The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 requires all Universities to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This is known as the Prevent Duty.
There are two documents published by the Government which outline Universities’ obligations under the Prevent Duty.
The first of these is the general Prevent Duty Guidance for England and Wales and the second is a specific document: Prevent Duty Guidance: for higher education institutions in England and Wales.
The University is committed to providing support to all students and staff and it recognises that its duty to prevent anyone at risk from being drawn into terrorism is no different to safeguarding individuals or assisting anyone with any other type of welfare need.
The University does not seek to vilify or discriminate against any part of the University community and is careful to ensure that its approach is fair. An independent equality assessment undertaken last year indicated that the University’s Action plan to implement the Prevent Duty was not discriminatory and did not target specific groups or types of student.
The University’s main focus on Prevent is to emphasise the use of existing University processes providing welfare, support and advice to students or staff. This is not about identifying ‘extremism’ but identifying general behaviour changes that may indicate individuals require many different types of further support.
Channel is a multi-agency process which ensures vulnerable people of any faith, ethnicity or background receive support before their vulnerabilities are exploited by people drawing them into harm. Channel is not a criminal matter - it is a multi-agency process to provide support to prevent a person from being drawn into terrorism.
Salford Channel is headed up by the Council Safeguarding Lead. Other members of Channel include social services, NHS, police and education providers.
If there is sufficient evidence of concerns that a student or staff member may be at risk of being radicalised, the University (and not individual students or members) has a legal duty to refer that individual to Channel. The University’s Prevent Task Group would consider information from student or staff welfare concerns before making a decision to refer a person to Channel.
Participation in the Channel process is voluntary, it can’t be forced on an individual and student or staff welfare concerns will always be considered before making a decision to refer a person to Channel.
The Prevent Duty imposes a number of other requirements on the University. Most of these were already in place before the Prevent Duty came into force. We must:
Implementation of the Prevent Duty is overseen by the Director of Legal & Governance who reports on a regular basis to University senior management and to Council. The University also ensures that all members of senior management is aware of the requirements of the Prevent Duty and has also provided briefings to SU sabbatical officers and staff.
The Director of Legal & Governance chairs a Task Group which staff from Legal & Governance, Security, and Student Experience and Support and the Dean of Students also attend to coordinate the University’s approach. The University has invited the Students’ Union President to attend these meetings. The Task Group also considers any potential referral to Channel, fully considering all circumstances and following advice from Wellbeing or HR.
A Prevent Consultation Group was launched in the summer of 2016 with attendees invited from all parts of the University as well as the Students Union. This Group will meet twice a year to consider and discuss the University’s approach to Prevent.
Implementation of the Prevent Duty in the HE sector is monitored by HEFCE. Each Higher Education Institution must provide an annual report to HEFCE by 1 December each year stating what it has done over the previous year to ensure that the duty is implemented. Following assessment of this report HEFCE writes back to the University to advise that in its opinion, the University does or does not have due regard to the need to prevent individuals from being drawn into terrorism.
After the submission of its first full annual report, the University of Salford was deemed by HEFCE to have due regard to the need to prevent individuals from being drawn into terrorism.
HEFCE publishes an overview of annual HEI implementation of the Prevent Duty: Implementation of the Prevent duty in the higher education sector in England: 2015-16.
For more information on HEFCE’s work please refer to their webpages: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/reg/prevent/
All employers with apprentices should have an awareness of the following:
Safeguarding relates to the protection of the health and wellbeing of children, young people and vulnerable adults, enabling them to be free from abuse, neglect or exploitation.
We all play a vital role in safeguarding our apprentices and, as such, it is important that employers are aware of how to detect and report a safeguarding issue.
The duty to safeguard apprentices from harm extends to preventing them from being drawn into extremism. This forms the statutory ‘Prevent duty’ (s.26 Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015). It is important to note that ‘extremism’ covers a broad spectrum of beliefs which may include far-left, far-right, environmental, Islamist, pro-life etc. Not all extreme views are illegal however, and it is only concerning when someone is at risk of committing violence or criminal activity.
Changes in behaviour, regular appearance or dress may (but not always) indicate a concern. If you are worried about an apprentice, you should always discuss your concerns with Salford University.
Further information and guidance about the Statutory Prevent Duty Guidance along with access to a Prevent e-learning training package can be found via the following address: www.gov.uk/government/publications/prevent-duty-guidanceWhat do I do if I am concerned about an apprentice?
We encourage all employers to NOTICE, CHECK and SHARE.
Employers should have a named contact available to discuss any safeguarding concerns. This individual should:
If apprentices identify any concerns, or others raise concerns with them they should inform a Safeguarding Officer immediately. Please note that apprentices must wait until they have made contact with the Safeguarding Officers before returning to their studies or other activities
All Safeguarding concerns should be reported to: Andrew Hartley Principle
0161 295 6428
Dr. Diane Atherton-Blenkiron
0161 295 5077
The Department for Education have reinforced the need ‘to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs’.
Salford University is committed to upholding and actively promoting these values
Respect and Tolerance
Our learners will develop an understanding of respect and tolerance through:
We seek to protect our learner’s individual liberty through:
Our learners will develop an understanding of democracy through:
Rule of Law
Our learners will develop a respect for the rule of law through: