There is a duty to ensure that those identified with vulnerabilities are given appropriate advice and support
Preventing people from being drawn into terrorism has never been more important. In August 2014 the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) raised the threat level to severe, the second highest level, in response to the heightened threat facing the country.
Another aspect of safeguarding is the Prevent Duty which requires the education sector to have “due to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”, supporting terrorism or being drawn into non-violent extremism.
The Government has defined extremism as “vocal or active opposition to fundamental British Values”, which include:
- Individual liberty
- Rule of law
- Mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.
This includes not discriminating against those with protected characteristics (Equality Act 2010), namely:
- Gender reassignment
- Marriage and civil partnership
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Religion and belief
- Sexual orientation.
Under the Prevent Duty, we have designated a Single Point of Contact, Duane Dibell-Moore, our Project Consultant.
Our staff have been briefed on the range of vulnerabilities that would indicate that an individual may need support. Although having one or more of those characteristics will not necessarily drive someone to terrorism, it is a possibility, and staff are being urged to be vigilant and to report any concerns to a safeguarding officer.
We regularly monitor and review internet use of staff and students against safeguarding and prevent categories.