Under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 all universities have a statutory responsibility to ensure ‘due regard to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’. There is specific guidance in relation to this duty for higher education institutions in England and Wales.
The Prevent duty has three main objectives:
- Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat faced from those who promote it
- Prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and give them advice and support
- Work with sector bodies and relevant external institutions where there are risks of radicalisation
To comply with the legislation, the University:
- has published a Prevent Duty Policy which details how we take a reasonable and proportionate approach to concerns based on the assessment of risk;
- maintains a Prevent action plan.;
- has a Prevent Risk Assessment in place.
These documents are reviewed and updated regularly through the Safeguarding Forum, with oversight provided by the University Council, our governing Body.
The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) is the monitoring body for Prevent for HE providers in Wales. Additionally, the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) is the monitoring body for Prevent for Higher Degree Apprenticeship provision. The University reports to its monitoring bodies on a regular basis.
The University manages Prevent as part of its welfare and safeguarding activities. At UWTSD we are committed to maintaining a safe, inclusive and supportive environment for all members of our community.
The University delivers induction training on the Prevent duty for all new staff. It also has internal short courses that cover both safeguarding and the Prevent Duty which are available to all staff. There is also introduction to Safeguarding resources which form part of student induction and make reference to Prevent. These resources in particular identify how to raise a cause for concern and seek support within the University.
Anyone can access national Prevent training via the Home Office e-learning hub.
The UK government has published a series of resources via their ‘Action Counters Terrorism’ campaign. This includes advice about being vigilant and what behaviour or activity might require the submission of a report.
Safeguarding leads at the University are actively involved in the South Wales Higher Education (HE) Prevent Group and are embedded within regional and national Prevent structures. University representatives also sit on relevant regional Channel panels and Contest boards, as well as associated other fora. This enables the university to maintain up to date knowledge about the local risks, as well as an understanding of regional, local and national policy frameworks.
Raising a concern:
The university has a process for reporting concerning behaviours or safeguarding concerns via the Cause for Concern form. This is open and available to anyone to use. Trained University staff will take forward concerns and decide an action, linking in with statutory authorities as required.
Please remember, in an emergency you should always call 999.
Our Prevent safeguarding responsibilities are applied on the basis on a person’s vulnerability to be radicalised and not as a result of any individual’s protected characteristics. Our Prevent responsibilities are balanced against our responsibilities to uphold individuals’ right to freedom of speech within the law under relevant legislation. Further detail of how the Prevent duty is applied at the University is detailed in our External Speakers and Events Code of Practice.
Our aim is to implement the Prevent duty with the due consideration, consultation and care to allow both academic freedom and the protection of staff and students to sit together side by side.
If you have any questions with regard to these pages or any aspect of the Prevent duty, please contact the University’s Prevent Lead