PREVENT & SAFEGUARDING
There is no place for extremist views of any kind in this organisation, whether from internal sources –Students, staff or governors, or external sources – college community, external agencies or individuals. Our students see our organisation as a safe place where they can explore controversial issues safely and where our Tutors encourage and facilitate this – we have a duty to ensure this happens.
As an organisation we recognise that extremism and exposure to extremist materials and influences can lead to poor outcomes for students and so should be addressed as a safeguarding concern as set out in this policy. We also recognise that if we fail to challenge extremist views, we are failing to protect our students. Extremists of all persuasions aim to develop destructive relationships between different communities by promoting division, fear and mistrust of others based on ignorance or prejudice and thereby limiting the life chances of young people. Education is a powerful weapon against this; equipping young people with the knowledge, skills and critical thinking, to challenge and debate in an informed way. We therefore will provide a broad and balanced curriculum, delivered by skilled professionals, so that our students are enriched, understand and become tolerant of difference and diversity and also to ensure that they thrive, feel valued and not marginalized.
We are also 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 at times pupils may themselves reflect or display views that may be discriminatory, prejudiced or extremist, including using derogatory language. Any prejudice, discrimination or extremist views, including derogatory language, displayed by students or staff will always be challenged and where appropriate dealt with in line with our Behaviour and Discipline Policy for students and the Code of Conduct for staff. Where misconduct by a tutor is proven the matter will be referred to the Directors for their consideration as to whether to a Prohibition Order is warranted. As part of wider safeguarding responsibilities college staff will be alert to:
• Disclosures by students 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 pupils have not actively sought these out.
Prevent Duty is part of Safeguarding duty
The nominated safeguarding officer will lead on the safeguarding and prevent duties and take necessary actions as required.
Risk assessment will be completed and necessary action plan taken as required.
Ad hoc risk assessments to be completed where Guest / External Speakers visiting the premises.
In respect of safeguarding individuals from radicalisation, the College works to the Prevent element of the Government’s Counter Terrorism Strategy, and where deemed appropriate seeks external support for learners through referrals to the Channel Programme. This programme aims to work with the individual to address their specific vulnerabilities, prevent them becoming further radicalised and possibly entering the criminal justice system because of their actions. It is recognised that radicalisation can occur to an individual from any section of society and is not particular to any racial, ethnic or social group. It is further recognised that in many instances the process of radicalisation is essentially one of grooming by others.
If a student discloses to you that they (or indeed another child/young person or vulnerable adult) have been, or are being abused/radicalised
• Do listen very carefully to what they tell you.
• Do take what is said seriously and accept what you are told.
• Do stay calm and reassure the student that they have done the right thing in talking to you.
• Do write down as soon as you can exactly what you have been told.
• Do tell them that you must pass this information on but that only those that need to know will be told. Tell them to whom you will report the matter.
• Do not panic.
• Do not promise to keep things secret. You have a duty to refer a child/young person or vulnerable adult who is at risk.
• Do not lie or say that everything will be fine now that they have told.
• Do not criticise the abuser, especially if it is a parent/carer
• Do not ask lots of detailed or leading questions such as: ‘What did he do next?’ Instead, ask open questions such as: ‘Anything else to tell me?, ‘Yes’, or ‘And…?’. Do not press for answers the student is unwilling to give.
It is important that the person to whom disclosure is made does not investigate or question the person concerned except to clarify what they have heard. This is particularly important in cases of sexual abuse.
It is very important to record, as accurately as possible, what was said to you when you received the disclosure of abuse. Clearly all written records should be handled confidentially.