Ashton, Manchester

Safe Start Prevent Policy

Policy Created: January 2020
Reviewed by: Grace Speakman
Review Date: January 2021

PREVENT Policy

Introduction

The governments PREVENT agenda is one of the four elements of CONTEST the government counter
terrorism strategy. The four elements are:

Pursue, Prevent, Protect and Prepare.

CONTEST 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, online and
    health) where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to deal with.
    The strategy covers all forms of terrorism, including far right extremism and some aspects of non-violent extremism.

Prevent Policy Version: 1

The Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill seeks to place a duty on specified authorities including schools,
colleges and universities to ‘have due regard, in the exercise of its functions, to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’.

Safe Start has developed a culture of safety and respect for its students, staff, governors and visitors.

As part of this ethos and the overarching safeguarding scheme the school has considered the Prevent Duty and the importance of collaborative working between staff, local authorities, police, other educational institutions, policy makers health providers to identify, detect and safeguard vulnerable people throughout the organisation.


Scope – the PREVENT duty

The Prevent Duty requires further education institutions to:

  • Work in partnership with, and actively engage with Governors, Principals, managers and leaders,
    (from the community, mosques etc.), and other partners including the police, local support agencies, Prevent, staff and liaison officers.
  • They will need to make sure that all have undertaken appropriate training or development and share information across relevant curriculum areas.
  • Have clear and visible policies in place for both staff and learners with regard to risk assessment.
    This should also include policies for events that may take place by staff, student, visitors, external
    bodies and community organisations. They will also need to be aware of places or areas of learning
    where learners/staff may be in contact with, or possibly get involved with terrorism.
  • Have sufficient support available for welfare and pastoral carer according to the individual’s requirements for each institution. There will also have to be clear guidance and policies available to all on the use of prayer room and other faith related facilities, and any issues may occur from the use of these facilities.
  • Have policies in place for the use of information technology on the  premises and for the use of
    research in curriculum areas.

Objectives

  • To promote implement and monitor the Schools responsibilities under the prevent duty to all
    students, staff and visitors at the school.
  • To promote and embed British Values into the school’s procedures and through our curriculum
    study program.
  • To set a tool kit and risk assessment and action plan where appropriate to achieve the PREVENT
    duty.
  • To promote the schools mission, vision and values.
  • To engage students in having a full active role through social action and through delivery within the employability offer and enrichment programme.
  • To ensure students and staff safety.
  • To ensure students and staff are aware of their roles and responsibilities in preventing violent
    extremism and radicalisation.
  • To ensure that the school promotes a non-bullying, non-harassment and non-discrimination culture
    through Our DEAL campaign.
  • To provide support for students who might be at risk or vulnerable to risk by following the school
    safeguarding procedures including the channel referral processes.
  • To ensure we promote the Run, Hide, Tell campaign with staff and students

British Values

The prevent duty states the BV are expected to be embedded into our curriculum and programme of study.  They are

  1. Democracy the rule of law
  2. Individual liberty
  3. Mutual respect
  4. Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

The schools safeguarding strategy group will make decisions together with the school’s leadership team
and on quality improvement plans and guidelines. The Curriculum Lead Manager will lead on embedding of BV together with senior leadership team.

Safeguarding culture

The school has an overarching safeguarding scheme and the aim is to protect children and adults at risk of all types of abuse and harm through empowering its learners and staff to do so.

The schools’ mission is to ensure the welfare and safety of all staff students’ and visitors to the school.

The school has a statutory and moral duty that the school functions with a policy and procedure to safeguarding and promoting their welfare of children and adults at risk whilst receiving education and training here.

The governing body recognises that some adults are also vulnerable to abuse this is where our school safeguarding scheme is applied if appropriate.

This Prevent policy sits within the area of the overarching safeguarding policy.

The school has evolved high profile relationships with external agencies to ensure it is well informed about the Prevent agenda both nationally and locally including board meetings with Manchester safeguarding
board.

The school has a representative who keeps up to date with the local profile for prevent and ensures that up to date information is shared including the local profile for the great Manchester landscape. This includes working in collaboration with the North West He and FE regional Prevent coordinator.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Safeguarding Lead have a legal responsibility under the Prevent Duty to make ensure they have undertaken training within the Prevent Duty.

The Prevent and DSP Leads undergo advanced training in
collaboration with Greater Manchester Police SLT and the Prevent Lead for the school must ensure that

  • All school staff have undertaken training in the Prevent Duty and additional training (Contest) update
  • All school staff are aware of when it is appropriate to refer concerns about students or colleagues to a Designated Safeguarding Practitioner
  • All school staff embedded British Values into their values
  • All policies and procedures implement the Prevent Duty and acted on where appropriate Prevent Lead for the school.

The DSL – Prevent Lead and Designated Safeguarding Leads have the responsibility for ensuring that the strategy is implement across the school and that are concerns are shared with the relevant organisation / agencies. In order to minimise the risk students and staff  becoming involved in terrorism.

Where concerns about staff are raised HR have duty to act upon School Safeguarding Strategy Group

The DSLs meet termly and any concerns raised regarding the Prevent Duty umbrella or changes to the Duty that affect the school are discussed within the group and an action plan devised.

All staff at the school have a responsibility to create and support and ethos that upholds the schools mission and vision including British Values to create an environment of respect, equality, diversity and inclusion

  • Undergo training in order to have the skills to recognise those who may be vulnerable to
    radicalisation
  • Report any concerns around extremism or radicalisation via the schools safeguarding reporting procedures
  • Support the tutorial and enrichment programme and events around extremism and radicalisation


Managing Risk and Responding to National and Local incident

The school will ensure that it monitors risks and is ready to deal with issues which could arise, through the following:

  • We understand the current threat level within in the country and how this may impact both directly
    and indirectly on the school
  • Raise awareness on Run Hide Tell and Act Now
  • The school has a critical incident response team and strategy to respond immediately to any threat
    or incident within the school
  • Respond appropriately to incidents reported locally, nationally and international which may impact students, staff and communities.
  • We are continuously developing effective IT security monitoring systems, continuously implementing
    and reviewing IT systems to ensure they meet the needs.
  • The school ensures due diligence and completes risk assessments when guest speaker are invited
    into school.

External Speakers and Events

External Speaker and events on site are subject to risk assessment following the External Speakers Policy and will not go ahead if any risk cannot be mitigated.

Information sharing on a need to know basis with other institutions and education providers will take place if appropriate and legal following GDPR.

Escalation
Where the safeguarding  procedure had been followed but the DSP and needs escalating further this could
possibly result in the school contacting the local Counter Terrorism Unit or Chanel.

“Chanel” is an early intervention in which sits with the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub this a process to design to safeguard vulnerable people being drawn into violent or extremist terrorist behaviour.

Chanel panels are chaired by
Local Authorities which bring together multi agency partners to collectively asses the risk for an individual.

These panels decide if a support package is appropriate and its contents.

The school will continue to update and review this policy to meet the needs of the local, national and international profile for Prevent.

Links to Policies

  • Safeguarding Policy
  • EDI Policy
  • Health and Safety
  • Anti-Bullying Policy
  • Whistleblowing Policy
  • Data Protection Policy (GDPR)
  • HR Code of Conduct to be updated