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Radicalisation and Prevent Agenda

1.  Introduction

The Government’s Prevent is agendum 1 of the 4 elements of CONTEST, the government’s counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

The Government’s Prevent strategy:

• responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views

• provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support

• works with a wide range of sectors (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, health and online) where there are risks of radicalisation that need to be dealt with

The strategy covers all forms of terrorism, including far right extremism and some aspects of non-violent extremism.

EDLounge has developed a culture of safety and respect for its learners, staff, and visitors. As part of this ethos EDLounge has considered the Prevent Duty and the importance of collaborative working between college staff, Local Authorities, policy makers and health providers to identify, detect and safeguard vulnerable people throughout the organisation.

2.       Aims

•    to recognise practice and behaviours which contribute to the Prevent agenda

•    to set objectives and an action plan to achieve these objectives

•    to develop the awareness of learners, staff, and visitors to the Prevent agenda

3.  Safeguarding Ethos

EDLounge is passionate about safeguarding its learners and staff and aims to protect children and adults at risk from all types of abuse and harm. EDLounge’s ethos is to ensure the welfare and safety of staff, learners and visitors of EDLounge.

EDLounge has a statutory and moral duty to ensure that EDLounge functions with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults at risk whilst receiving education and training through EDLounge.

The Governing body recognises that some adults are also vulnerable to abuse. Accordingly, EDLounge’s safeguarding and Child Protection procedures may be applied (with appropriate adaptations) to allegations of abuse and to the protection of adults at risk as well as children.

The Prevent Strategy sits within the area of Safeguarding and Child Protection policies and procedures within EDLounge.

4.  Learners

Learner Governors will receive appropriate training in order to raise the awareness of the Prevent agenda as part of their safeguarding training.

Learners will be provided with information on the Prevent agenda in order to make them aware of the issues covered.

5.  Staff

Staff will receive awareness training on an ongoing basis to ensure that they are familiar with the Prevent agenda, how they can recognise practice and behaviours in learners and colleagues and the course of action to take if concerned.

6.  Management

Management receives updates on safeguarding and Child Protection matters which include the Prevent agenda.

7.  Partners

EDLounge continues to develop links with external partners in order to remain aware of developments within the safeguarding and Child Protection arena.

Links with local police and external agencies are in place.

8.  Referral procedure

Staff should be aware of signs of radicalisation and have the confidence to report their concerns to their Line Manager.

The Line Manager should then inform the Safeguarding Lead Cara Radford, who will discuss the matter with other Senior Managers and external agencies as necessary.

•   Cara Radford

Designated Senior Safeguarding Person, 01909 568 338

9. Six Key Objectives

  • to promote EDLounge’s ethos and values
  • to break down segregation among different learner groups and to engage all learners in having a full and active role with wider engagement in society
  • to ensure learner and staff safety
  • to ensure that EDLounge promotes a culture of non-bullying, non-harassment and non-discrimination.
  • to provide support for learners who may be at risk and develop appropriate sources of advice and guidance
  • to ensure that learners and staff are aware of their roles and responsibilities in preventing violent extremism and radicalisation

10. Action Plan

  • staff Development sessions for staff to remind them of the Prevent agenda and their responsibilities
  • Safeguarding Team to heighten awareness of staff to recognise early signs of extremism                 
  • continue to raise learner awareness of the Prevent Agenda through College promotions and tutorials  
  • Student Services - learners to recognise signs of extremism in themselves and others, ensure staff and learners are aware of reporting procedures           
  • provide opportunity for learner discussion by inclusion of the Prevent Agenda within learner induction process               
  • retain links with external agencies
  • Safeguarding Team to keep up-to-date information to inform SLT of any actions                                                                  
Created: Jan 2018
Last reviewed: Jan 2019
Next review: Jan 2020

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