SAFEGUARDING AND THE PREVENT DUTY FOR EMPLOYERS
ALL DIMENSION LTD All Further Education providers have a duty to safeguard their learners, which includes work-based learners. Prevent is about safeguarding our learners to keep them both safe and within the law. The Prevent Duty is not about preventing learners from having political and religious views and concerns, but about supporting them to use those concerns or act on them in non-extremist ways.
Employer’s responsibilities explained. You have a responsibility to:
alert All Dimension to any concerns regarding your work-based learner to allow us to explore what the causes might be; and to
provide opportunities for employees to discuss their own concerns about extremism, events in the news and about British values
be alert to any changes in your work-based learner’s behaviour, that in your professional opinion gives you cause for concern.
Reporting Safeguarding or Prevent concerns involving a Learner
If you have a concern, would like more information or have any questions, please contact our Safeguarding Officer by telephoning 0208 308 0280 asking for the Lead Safeguarding Officer.
For more Information You will find more details about the Prevent Duty in our Safeguarding and Prevent policy,
click the button below to be navigated to our policies page.
The following sources may also be useful for further information:
HM Government Prevent duty guidance: for England and Wales
What is Prevent? Let’s Talk About It http://www.ltai.info/what-is-prevent/
Extremism takes many forms and some of these may be a greater threat in some areas. Your local council and police will be able to advise you if you have specific concerns or questions.
What is Extremism?
The government has defined extremism in the Prevent Duty as: “vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values”. This also includes calls for the death of members of the British armed forces. Extremism and radicalisation might include violent Islamist groups, the extreme right wing and other causes.
The process by which a person comes to support terrorism and extremist ideologies. “Radicalisation is a vague and non-specific word which different people may use to mean different things... this nation and our culture are tolerant of religious diversity ...” Justice Holman, March 2014.
What are British Values
British values are defined as “democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs.” All Dimension encourages its students and staff to respect other people with particular regard to the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010
What is Safeguarding?
At the heart of Prevent is safeguarding children and adults and providing early intervention to protect and divert people away from being drawn into terrorist activity.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as: protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes. Children includes everyone under the age of 18.
What are the signs of vulnerability?
There is no single way of identifying who is likely to be vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism. Factors that may have a bearing on someone becoming vulnerable may include:
Loneliness or isolation leading to
Negative influence from other people or via the internet
Drugs, gangs, violence and crime against them or their involvement in crime, e.g. race/hate crime, anti-social behaviour etc.
Family tensions and breakdown, poverty, homelessness and lack of self-esteem
Personal or political grievances or recent political or religious conversion.
Sexual exploitation, physical or mental abuse.
What is All Dimension's role?
All Dimension has a legal responsibility under the Prevent Duty to make sure that:
all staff have undertaken training in the Prevent Duty
we are aware of when it is appropriate to refer concerns about learners, employers or colleagues to our Designated Safeguarding and Prevent Lead
Our staff, working with its partner organisations and employers, exemplify British values of “democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs” into their practice.
We have a statutory duty to “prevent people from being drawn into terrorism” and as such we need your help and support to comply with this duty. Many of the things we already do at All Dimension is to help learners to be positive, happy members of society, and these include: exploring other cultures and religions and promoting diversity • challenging prejudices and racist comments and behaviours • developing critical thinking skills and a strong, positive self-identity • promoting spiritual, moral, social and cultural development • active promotion of British values
We provide learners with information so they understand how to protect themselves from extremist views contrary to British values, which they may encounter, now or later in their lives, helping to keep themselves safe.
We use a range of methods to protect learners from the risk of radicalisation, such as: embedding British values into our teaching and learning practice; • monitoring of online activity; • ensuring all staff have received training and by vetting visitors who deliver sessions.
All our staff are subject to DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks.
We have access to a range of support services,via partners which include: Drug, Alcohol and Health Awareness, Careers and Employability Support, Education and Training Support, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Services, Life and Social Skills Development, Mentoring and Counselling.
Where staff have concerns, they would report them to our Designated Safeguarding Lead, who would then determine what course of action to take and whether or not to make a referral to Channel. We ask that Employers do the same.
What is Channel?
Channel is a programme that provides support to people who are identified as being vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism or extremism. It is a supportive approach and operates in the pre- criminal space. The programme uses a multi-agency approach to protect vulnerable people by:
• identifying individuals at risk; • assessing the nature and extent of the risk; and • developing the most appropriate support plan for the individuals concerned