The Prevention of Extremism and Radicalisation (Prevent)
At Best Choice Training we are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our learners so that they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. We believe every learner should be able to participate in all activities in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from harm. This is the responsibility of every individual employed by, or invited to deliver services at Best Choice Training. We recognise our responsibility to:
- Best Choice Training respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it;
- Best Choice Training prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support; and
- Best Choice Training work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to address.
In adhering to this Policy, and the procedures we have, staff will contribute to the organisation’s delivery of the outcomes to all learners, as set out in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015. The PREVENT Policy is one element within our overall arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of all learners in line with our statutory duties.
2. Best Choice Training Ethos and Practice
When operating this Policy, Best Choice Training uses the following accepted Governmental definition of extremism:
‘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; and/or calls for the death of members of our armed forces, whether in this country or overseas’.
There is no place for extremist views of any kind at BCT, whether from internal sources (e.g. learners, staff or trustees) or external sources (e.g. external agencies or individuals). Our learners see BCT as a place where they can explore controversial issues safely and where our tutors encourage and facilitate this, equipping young people with the knowledge, skills and critical thinking to challenge and debate in an informed way.
Any prejudice, discrimination or extremist views, including derogatory language, displayed by learners or staff will always be challenged and where appropriate dealt with through the appropriate channels and in line with company procedures.
As an organisation, we recognise that extremism and exposure to extremist materials and influences can lead to poor outcomes and so should be addressed as a safeguarding concern as set out in this Policy. Furthermore we are aware that young people can be exposed to extremist influences or prejudiced views from an early age which emanate from a variety of sources and media, including via the internet and Social Media, and at times learners or staff may themselves reflect or display views that may be discriminatory, prejudiced or extremist, including using derogatory language.
Everyone at BCT not only has a responsibility to protect staff and learners from extremist views in centre, but also to raise awareness of extremism and the channels through which people can become radicalised, through training and information sharing.
As part of wider safeguarding responsibilities, BCT staff will be alert to:
- Disclosures by learners of their exposure to the extremist actions, views or materials of others outside of college, such as in their homes or community groups, especially where Learners have not actively sought these out;
- Graffiti symbols, writing or art work promoting extremist messages or images;
- Learners accessing extremist material online, including through social networking sites;<l/i>
- Parental reports of changes in behaviour, friendship or actions and requests for assistance;
- Other providers, local authority services, and police reports of issues affecting Learners in other schools or settings;
- Learners voicing opinions drawn from extremist ideologies and narratives;
- Use of extremist or ‘hate’ terms to exclude others or incite violence;
- Intolerance of difference, whether secular or religious or, in line with our equalities policy, views based on, but not exclusive to, gender, disability, homophobia, race, colour or culture;
- Attempts to impose extremist views or practices on others.
As Extremism and Radicalisation is broadly a safeguarding issue, all concerns should be reported immediately to BCT’s Designated Senior Safeguarding Person.
The Designated Person (Tracy Turner) is the focus person and local ‘expert’ for staff and others, who may have concerns about an individual student’s safety or well-being, and is the first point of contact for external agencies.
Our safeguarding reporting arrangements are set out fully in our Safeguarding Reporting policy and procedures.
Best Choice Training will closely follow any locally agreed procedure as set out by the Local Authority and/or the Safeguarding Children Board’s agreed processes and criteria for safeguarding individuals vulnerable to extremism and radicalisation.
3. Use of External Agencies and Speakers
The ethos of Best Choice Training is to encourage learners to understand opposing views and ideologies, appropriate to their age, understanding and abilities, and to be able to actively engage with them in informed debate, and we may use external agencies or speakers to facilitate and support this, as arranged by the Designated Senior Person for Safeguarding. Best Choice Training encourages the use of external agencies or speakers to enrich the experiences of our learners and staff; however we will positively vet those external agencies, individuals or speakers who we engage to provide such learning opportunities or experiences for our learners. This includes checking the DBS of all external providers.
4. Reporting mechanism
Where concerns of extremism or radicalisation are reported, learners and staff will be protected by our internal systems to raise any issue in confidence, as outlined in the Best Choice Training Whistle Blowing Policy.
Staff training on Safeguarding will be organised for staff and trustees at least every three years and will comply with the prevailing arrangements agreed by the Local Authority and the Safeguarding Children Board. This will, in part, include training on extremism and radicalisation and its safeguarding implications.
The Designated Senior Person will attend training courses as necessary and the appropriate inter-agency training organised by the Safeguarding Children Board at least every two years. Again, this will include training on extremism and radicalisation and its safeguarding implications.
The arrangements for recruiting all staff, permanent and volunteers, to Best Choice Training will follow government guidance on safer recruitment best practice in education settings, including ensuring that DBS checks are always made at the appropriate level, that references are always received and checked and that we complete and maintain a Single Central Record of such vetting checks. By adhering to safer recruitment best practice techniques and by ensuring that there is an ongoing culture of vigilance within our organisation and staff, we will minimise the opportunities for extremist views to prevail.
7. Monitoring and Review
This Policy is available via the Best Choice Training website.
Within the Safeguarding Forum, members of staff will actively evaluate the effectiveness of this Policy on an annual basis, and the Quality Team will monitor the understanding and application of the procedure as part of everyone’s responsibility to safeguard learners by preventing extremism and radicalisation.
Prevent Duty Guidance: Guidance for specified authorities in England and Wales on the duty in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism DfE Guidance “Keeping Children Safe in Education, 2014”
- DCSF Resources “Learning Together to be Safe”
- “Prevent: Resources Guide”
- “Tackling Extremism in the UK”
- DfE’s “Teaching Approaches that help Build Resilience to Extremism among Young People”
Education Commissioner (Birmingham) Peter Clarke’s report of July 2014.