Document Title  Preventing Radicalisation and Extremism Policy
  Version  1.2
  Status  Final
  Review Date  January 2021
  Author  SMT
  Next Review Date  January 2022

The policy has undergone an Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) confirming that there are no negative consequences in the case of this policy.

Introduction

Education + Training Skills (ETS) is committed to the principle of Safeguarding within its employment practices and in the learning activities it delivers. As a government funded organisation ETS recognises that it needs to set an example for others in the field and for the businesses and organisations that it works with. ETS recognises that it must ensure that it is able to recruit, develop and retain a workforce that is critically aware of and wholeheartedly promotes the principles of Prevent. ETS must ensure that its staff are confident enough to report any Prevent concerns they may have to the relevant person within the organisation and do this though training and encouragement. It also needs to ensure that the organisations that it works with also work to these statutory requirements and learners are re-assured that they are protected and can report any concerns to ETS through their TFs or through the 24 hour help line and the Safeguarding@etsgroup.co.uk e-mail. ETS strives to go beyond statutory compliance and to be at the forefront of embracing PEVENT measures. ETS intends to promote good practice whilst being sensitive to the specific needs of its employees, learners, subcontractor, partners, stakeholders and their communities.

Scope

This policy applies to all employees who work under a Contract of Employment with ETS, its subcontractor (Devon and Cornwall Police), consultants who work under Contracts of Services to ETS and associated learners, employers and customers who engage with ETS. Failure to meet the required standards and commit to the policy by any associate of ETS will lead to termination of contracts and agreements.

Policy Statement

ETS is strongly committed to practices that protect children, young people and adults at risk from radicalisation. All staff are trained through mandatory CPD to recognise and accept their responsibility to develop the awareness of the risks and issues involved in extremist activities under the Prevent Duty.

ETS also recognises that it has a responsibility to protect its staff from extremist targeting and the Safeguarding Lead and Cabinet Office Trained (WRAP) staff will undertake necessary investigations into any concerns raised if required.

ETS is committed to continuing to work with its local Police Prevent colleague (CI Richard Jeffrey) and other partners to ensure the safeguarding of its learners from radicalisation. Having these close relationships re-assures learners that they can be protected and demonstrates ETS’ commitment to their Prevent safety concerns.

ETS supports the Government’s Prevent Policy, the aim of which is to create and maintain a safe, healthy and supportive learning and working environment for our learners, staff and visitors. ETS recognises that extremism and exposure to extremist materials and influences can lead to poor outcomes for learners. ETS staff are trained and encouraged to challenge extremist views in order to protect their learners from potential harm. As such Prevent is an agenda item covered by the Quarterly Safeguarding Board Meeting.

The ETS Safeguarding Lead will refer concerns of radicalisation to the Channel scheme or National police Prevent advice line 0800 011 3764 to share concerns with their specially trained Prevent officers. The advice line is open 9:00am – 5:00pm every day.

Purpose

This policy is designed to inform and direct staff of appropriate conduct when working with children, young people and adults at risk from radicalisation and to describe measures in place that protects and minimises the risk of children, young people and adults at risk becoming radicalised.

It is also intended that this policy will inform and educate staff, alongside their mandatory training, of the procedures and processes and cement their commitment to preventing learners becoming radicalised.

It sets out ETS’s approach to Prevent and promoting the welfare of children and adults at risk. It applies to all aspects of our work and to everyone working for or with ETS, including permanent and temporary employees, consultants, learners, employers and customers.

Accountability and Responsibility

ETS has 5 committed and trained Prevent & Safeguarding Officers one of which is the Lead Prevent Officer (General Manager) and one who is Home Office accredited Prevent Train the Trainer Trained and the other is a Chief Inspector from the Devon and Cornwall Police safeguarding and Prevent Board. The Safeguarding Lead is accountable to the Chief Executive and Trustee Board. The Trustee Board also have a qualified Safeguarding Officer who attends all ETS Prevent and Safeguarding meetings. Incidents or concerns are reported to a member of the Prevent and Safeguarding Team (this ensures that confidentiality is maintained).

The Prevent and Safeguarding team are responsible for monitoring and managing incidents or concerns and liaising with Prevent safeguarding agencies to protect its learners and staff. In respect of suspected radicalisation the team will liaise with authorities via the Channel scheme or police directly if needed via the Prevent helpline. The ETS Trustee Board is committed to review respond to an annual report on Prevent and safeguarding within the company and they ensure all ETS staff are committed to promoting the policy appropriately and are preventing opportunities of radicalisation of its apprentices. On behalf of the Trustees the Prevent and Safeguarding team promote this policy through staff mandatory training, via the website, social media the ETS Wellbeing Newsletter shared with Trustees, staff, employers and learners, apprentice workshops and 1 to 1 sessions.

As part of ETS’ commitment to protecting its learners it operates a 24 hour confidential helpline and has a specific safeguarding e-mail for learners wanting to report Prevent concerns.

Employer’s responsibility

ETS’s responsibility as an employer is not just to comply with the letter and spirit of the law on its Prevent duty but is also to demonstrate that it is a fully committed to Prevent. This is promoted through a zero tolerance which is designed to enforce full commitment to this policy, provides emergency helpline and emergency e-mail facilities, challenges and reports behaviours of concern has a code of conduct and has an approachable, supportive Prevent and Safeguarding Team.

ETS has a statutory duty to implement and monitor it Prevent schemes in all respects. These are reviewed at the monthly management meetings under the Safeguarding and Prevent agenda items.

To embrace good practice in all of ETS policies and procedures and to act to eliminate radicalisation issues wherever possible. All staff encourage anyone to come forward with safety concerns and the staff will respect and follow the ETS processes procedures that they have been taught accordingly.

At the quarterly Prevent and Safeguarding Meetings staff review how ETS values the Safety of its staff, learners, employers and customers enabling all to reach their full potential. This is directed from the Board of Trustees and policed by the SMT.

To monitor the application of the Prevent policy and work towards eliminating any Prevent issues. Quarterly Prevent and Safeguarding Meetings take place where all activity is reviewed, scrutinised and if necessary improved to make its systems more robust.

To promote, implement and get commitment to the policy ETS provides its staff, as a minimum, with annual Safeguarding and Prevent training during the January CPD week and at induction.  Learners receive Safeguarding and Prevent workshops and discuss Prevent topics at their regular one to one reviews with their TF.

ETS must provide its staff, apprentices and learners with information advice and guidance on how they can access support from ETS to protect and keep them safe. The ETS Prevent and Safeguarding Team has set up and publicise the 24 hour Prevent and Safeguarding contact details on the website, on learner portfolios and within learner handbooks. A Safeguarding newsletter is also published monthly which refers to prevent matters. All communications include how staff, apprentices and learners can get the support and guidance they need from ETS if they have Prevent and Safeguarding concerns.

Employees’ responsibility

  • ETS staff all attend the mandatory Prevent annual and in year training offered so as to understand how to implement the spirit of the policy into their daily work activities. Staff must attend.
  • ETS’s staff must recognise and commit to their responsibilities to adhere to and comply with the letter and spirit of this policy. Failure to do so may result in serious disciplinary action or dismissal.
  • ETS staff are guided by SMT through meetings, updates and training as to how they can ensure that there is no negative behaviour towards Prevent within their areas of responsibility. Staff must adhere and commit to the good practice. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary procedures and dismissal.
  • ETS staff are trained during their induction and annual CPD training on how to inform managers/co-ordinators if they suspect any Prevent issues are taking place or that the policy is not being adhered to. Staff must commit and act appropriately to issues or concerns. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action or dismissal.
  • ETS staff co-operate with management in the application of any measures introduced to ensure Prevent is met. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action or dismissal. 
  • ETS staff must co-operate with senior management in the elimination of any discriminatory practices which may be identified. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action or dismissal.
  • ETS staff inform learners and other stakeholders of our expectations of them on the matter of Prevent and how they can commit to and implement in their own organisation and personal lives.

Manager’s/Co-ordinator’s responsibility

Managers are responsible for the practical application of the policy and in particular to ensure that:

  • All staff, learners businesses, organisations and contractors, under their control, are aware of the policy and their responsibilities to adhere to and comply with the letter and spirit of this policy. This is done through sharing the policy or signposting to the policy on the website as well as discussing during visits and meetings.
  • There is no negative Prevent issues in any of their decisions or behaviour. Managers and Coordinators undertake the necessary training during their CPD week to prevent this type of activity. Failure to commit to and meet the standards required may result in disciplinary action and dismissal.
  • Commitment to proper levels of safer recruitment are undertaken and maintained – Managers and Coordinators are mandated by ETS to undertake the safer recruitment training via the ETF CPD portal. This acts as a risk mitigation to recruiting extremists and protecting staff, apprentices and learners against direct forms of radicalisation activity.
  • All coordinators and managers have a 24/7 open line of communication for Prevent issues to be raised and this is communicated to the learners at the start of their program, in their learner handbook, on the website and at their one to one reviews.
  • Measures that are introduced to ensure our Prevent Strategy is fully embedded in all that we do.
  • All staff are mandated and commit to attend all ETS training offered concerning Prevent. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action.
  • Managers and co-ords Promote and comply with our Prevent Policies by implicitly including it in any contract or agreement when working with third parties.

Senior Management responsibility

Senior Management will be responsible for:

  • Advising on and developing a Prevent policy which mirrors good practice. SMT are all trained and mandated to sit on the Prevent and Safeguarding Committee. They keep up to date with Prevent matters through attending specific network groups and via weekly bulletins from the Police, Local Authorities, DfE and Cabinet Office. This is then shared weekly at team meetings with staff and via e-mail and our publically available newsletter and website.
  • Providing a detailed review of progress on the policy
  • Providing and promoting the mandated Prevent annual training across ETS to ensure that all staff and management are aware of their responsibilities and committed to meeting them.
  • Collating and reporting on Prevent matters and data.  This is done at the Monthly management meetings and Quarterly Prevent and Safeguarding Committee Meetings where the actions to keep learners and staff safe are further reviewed. 
  • Senior managers will be responsible for holding quarterly Safeguarding and Prevent meetings and reporting findings to the CEO and Board of Trustees – These meetings are held on the morning of the Trustees Quarterly Meeting so that the trustee in attendance can share with the board to consider.
  • Review and update this policy on an annual basis as a minimum.
  • Overseeing the promotion of the policy through all means necessary eg. Interviews, Appraisals, 1 to 1’s, via the website, posters, newsletters and training with staff to include how to implement the policy across their daily activities.

Background

The current threat from Terrorism and Extremism in the UK is real, ‘severe’, and can involve the exploitation of at risk learners.

This Preventing Radicalisation and Extremism Policy is part of Education and Training Skills’ (ETS’) commitment to keeping all learners safe in line with its legal responsibility to fulfil the prevent duty statement.

Section 26(1) of the CTSA imposes a statutory duty on “specified authorities”, when exercising their functions, “to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.

The CTSA goes on to say “There is an important role for further education institutions, including sixth form colleges and independent training providers, in helping prevent people being drawn into terrorism, which includes not just violent extremism but also non-violent extremism, which can create an atmosphere conducive to terrorism and can popularise views which terrorists exploit. It is a condition of funding that all further education and independent training providers must comply with relevant legislation and any statutory responsibilities associated with the delivery of education and safeguarding of learners”.

Safeguarding learners from all risk of harm is an important part of ETS’ work and protecting them from extremism is one aspect of that.

Ethos

ETS’ vision and values promote tolerance and respect for all cultures, faiths and beliefs. The Trustee Board also ensures that this ethos is reflected and implemented effectively in ETS’ policy and practice and that there are effective risk assessments in place to safeguard and promote learner’s safety and welfare.

Learners that are undertaking training with ETS have the right to learn in a safe environment. ETS will not tolerate any kind of radicalisation rhetoric and will challenge extremist language and behaviour rogorously.

Statutory Duties

The duty to prevent learners being radicalised is set out in the following documents.

  • Counter Terrorism and Security Act (2015)
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education (2015)
  • Prevent Duty Guidance (2015)
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015)
  • Work Based Learners and Prevent Statutory Duty (2018)

The Prevent Strategy sets out 3 objectives –

  1. Ideology – Challenging the ideology that supports terrorism and those who promote it.
  2. Individuals – Protecting people being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support.
  3. Institutions – Supporting our own sector where there may be risks of radicalisation.

The Prevent Strategy also requires training providers to promote British Values defined as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith. 

ETS values freedom of speech and the expression of beliefs/ideology as fundamental rights underpinning our society’s values today. Both learners and staff have the right to speak freely and voice their opinions. However, freedom comes with responsibility and free speech that is designed to manipulate the vulnerable or that leads to violence and harm of learners goes against the moral principles in which freedom of speech is valued. Free Speech is not an unqualified privilege; it is subject to laws and policies governing equality, human rights, community safety and community cohesion.   

The current threat from terrorism in the United Kingdom may include the exploitation of at-risk individuals to involve them in terrorism or in activity in support of terrorism. The normalisation of extreme views may also make learners vulnerable to future manipulation and exploitation.  ETS is clear that this exploitation and radicalisation should be viewed as a safeguarding concern.

ETS ensures its staff apprentices and learners are resilient to extremist narratives by providing the necessary training information advice and guidance for them to recognise when extremist narratives are being used.  Training takes place as a minimum annually for staff and for apprentices and learners this takes place holistically during 1 to 1 visits, apprentice reviews, during workshops and as part of the mandated Safeguarding and Prevent workshops they attend.

Definitions of radicalisation and extremism and indicators of vulnerability to radicalisation include:

Radicalisation refers to the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism leading to terrorism.

Extremism is defined by the Government in the Prevent Strategy as: 

The 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.  It also includes extremism calls for the death of members of our armed forces, whether in this country or overseas. 

Extremism is defined by the Crown Prosecution Service as:

The demonstration of unacceptable behaviour by using any means or medium to express views which:

  • Encourage, justify or glorify terrorist violence in furtherance of particular beliefs;
  • Seek to provoke others to terrorist acts;
  • Encourage other serious criminal activity or seek to provoke others to serious criminal acts; or
  • Foster hatred which might lead to inter-community violence in the UK.

There is no such thing as a “typical extremist”: those who become involved in extremist actions come from a range of backgrounds and experiences, and most individuals, even those who hold radical views, do not become involved in violent extremist activity.

Learners may become susceptible to radicalisation through a range of social, personal and environmental factors – it is known that violent extremists exploit vulnerabilities in individuals to drive a wedge between them and their families and communities. It is vital that ETS staff have the ability to recognise those vulnerabilities.  

Understanding and recognising risks and vulnerabilities of radicalisation

Young People and Adults can be drawn into violence or they can be exposed to the messages of extremist groups by many means. These can include exposure through the influence of family members or friends and/or direct contact with extremist groups and organisations or, increasingly, through the internet. This can place people at risk of being drawn into criminal activity and has the potential to cause significant harm.

Individuals are vulnerable to exposure to, or involvement with, groups or individuals who advocate violence as a means to a political or ideological end. ETS seeks to protect learners against the messages of all violent extremism including but not restricted to, those linked to Islamist ideology, or to Far Right/ Neo Nazi/White Supremacist ideology, Animal Rights, internal and international terrorist organisations.

However, most individuals, even those who hold radical views, do not become involved in extremism.

ETS staff are given ongoing training and IAG on identifying changes in behaviour that may be as a consequence of radicalisation.  

Indicators of vulnerability and behavioural changes include:

  • Identity Crisis – the learner is distanced from their cultural / religious heritage and experiences discomfort about their place in society
  • Personal Crisis – the learner may be experiencing family tensions; a sense of isolation; and low self-esteem; they may have dissociated from their existing friendship group and become involved with a new and different group of friends; they may be searching for answers to questions about identity, faith and belonging; Personal Circumstances – migration; local community tensions; and events affecting learner’s country or region of origin may contribute to a sense of grievance that is triggered by personal experience of racism or discrimination or aspects of Government policy
  • Unmet Aspirations – the learner may have perceptions of injustice; a feeling of failure; rejection of civic life
  • Experiences of Criminality – which may include involvement with criminal groups, imprisonment, and poor resettlement / reintegration
  • Special Educational Need – learners may experience difficulties with social interaction, empathy with others, understanding the consequences of their actions and awareness of the motivations of others.

However, this list is not exhaustive, nor does it mean that all learners experiencing the above are at risk of radicalisation for the purposes of violent extremism.

More critical risk factors could include:

  • Being in contact with extremist recruiters
  • Accessing violent extremist websites, especially those with a social networking element
  • Possessing or accessing violent extremist literature
  • Using extremist narratives and a global ideology to explain personal disadvantage
  • Justifying the use of violence to solve societal issues
  • Joining or seeking to join extremist organisations; and
  • Significant changes to appearance and / or behaviour
  • Experiencing a high level of social isolation resulting in issues of identity crisis and / or personal crisis.

In partnership with its fellow professionals within the Education and Training Sector, ETS is required to –

  • Identify vulnerable individuals at risk of being drawn into terrorism through behavioural changes
  • Assess the nature and extent of that risk, and
  • Develop the most appropriate support plan for the individuals concerned.

Safeguarding leaners from radicalisation is no different from safeguarding individuals from other forms of harm.

Risk

The Trustees, CEO and the Designated Safeguarding Lead will assess the level of risk within ETS and put actions in place to reduce that risk. Risk assessments may include consideration of the curriculum, the use of ETS’ premises by external agencies, integration of learners by the protected characteristics, (as defined in the Single Equality Act 2010) anti-harassment and bullying policy and other issues specific to the ETS’ profile, learning community and philosophy.

This risk assessment (Annex B) will be reviewed as part of the annual safeguarding report to the Trustees.

Response

Training Providers are required to identify a Prevent Single Point of Contact (SPOC) who will be the lead within the organisation for safeguarding in relation to protecting individuals from radicalisation and involvement in terrorism: The SPOC for ETS is the Safeguarding Lead (Designated Safeguarding Person DSP).

The role and responsibilities of the DSP are:

  • Ensuring that all ETS staff are aware of the DSP’s role in relation to protecting learners from radicalisation and involvement in terrorism
  • Maintaining and applying a good understanding of the relevant guidance in relation to preventing learners from becoming involved in terrorism, and protecting them from radicalisation by those who support terrorism or forms of extremism which lead to terrorism
  • Raising awareness about the role and responsibilities of ETS in relation to protecting learners from radicalisation and involvement in terrorism
  • Raising awareness within the ETS of the safeguarding processes relating to protecting learners from radicalisation and involvement in terrorism
  • Acting as the first point of contact within ETS for case discussions relating to learners who may be at risk of radicalisation or involved in terrorism
  • Collating relevant information in relation to referrals of at-risk learners into the Channel* process
  • attending Channel* meetings as necessary and carrying out any actions as agreed
  • Reporting progress on actions to the Channel* Co-ordinator; and
  • Sharing any relevant additional information in a timely manner.

*Channel is a multi-agency approach to provide support to individuals who are at risk of being drawn into terrorist related activity. It is currently led by the Devon and Cornwall Police Counter Terrorism Unit and it aims to:

  • Establish an effective multi-agency referral and intervention process to identify at risk individuals;
  • Safeguard individuals who might be at risk of being radicalised, so that they are not at risk of being drawn into terrorist-related activity; and
  • Provide early intervention to protect and divert people away from the risks they face and reduce vulnerability.

Reporting concerns

When any member of staff has concerns that a learner may be at risk of radicalisation or involvement in terrorism, they should speak with the DSP or a member of the Safeguarding Team.

Where risk factors are present but there is no evidence of a particular risk then the DSP will advise on preventative work that can be done through ETS to engage the learner into mainstream activities and social groups. In the case of a young person, the DSP may well be the person who talks to and has conversations with the learner’s family, sharing the concern about the young person’s vulnerability and how the family and ETS can work together to reduce the risk.

In this situation, depending on how concern level of the DSP and what is agreed with the parent/s and the young person (as far as possible) – 

  • The DSP can decide to refer matters to Devon and Cornwall Police via email prevent Devon and Cornwall or use the Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789321.  As much detail as possible about the nature of the concerns and about the individual/institution involved should be included. For Safeguarding concerns that are not terrorist related then the DSP may decide to make a referral to Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) or call them on 0345 155 1071
  • ETS will review the situation after taking appropriate action to address the concerns.

Numerous factors can contribute to and influence the range of behaviours that are defined as violent extremism, but most individuals do not become involved in extremist action. For this reason, the appropriate interventions in any particular case may not have any specific connection to the threat of radicalisation, for example they may address mental health, relationship or drug/alcohol issues.

Internet Safety

The internet provides learners with access to a wide-range of content, some of which is harmful. Extremists use the internet, including social media, to share their messages. ETS seeks to educate learners about the risks associated with such messages and help them become resilient to being coerced toward radicalisation.

ETS is aware that learners have access to the internet when using their mobile phones and our IT systems and staff are alert to the need for vigilance when learners are using these on ETS premises.

The Online Safety Policy refers to preventing radicalisation and related extremist content.

Learners and staff are told how to report internet content that is inappropriate or of concern.

Staff Training

Staff will be given training to help them understand the issues of radicalisation, and to be able to recognise the signs of risk or radicalisation and know how to refer their concerns. This information also forms part of induction safeguarding training. Staff are updated regularly at meetings and via e-mail on unfolding National and  local Prevent issues. 

ETS promotes and expects all staff to commit to attending the annual ETS home Office ‘Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent’ (WRAP) training sessions.

Safer Recruitment

ETS ensures that staff who are appointed to the organisation are suitable, the recruitment procedures are rigorous and follow the statutory guidance published in part 3 of Keeping Children Safe in Education (2015). Vetting and barring checks are undertaken on relevant people.

Visitors

Any visitors who are invited to speak to learners will be informed about our preventing extremism policy and relevant vetting checks are undertaken. We will undertake due diligence to ensure that visiting speakers are appropriate. Speakers will be supervised at all times and will not be allowed to speak to learners without a member of staff being present.

Staff must not invite speakers into ETS without first obtaining permission from the General Manager this is to protect staff, apprentices and leaners from radicalising influences.

Signs of vulnerability

There are no known definitive indicators that a learner is vulnerable to radicalisation, but there are number of signs that together increase the risk. Signs of vulnerability include:

  • underachievement
  • being in possession of extremist literature
  • poverty
  • social exclusion
  • traumatic events
  • global or national events
  • religious conversion
  • change in behaviour
  • extremist influences
  • conflict with family over lifestyle
  • confused identity
  • victim or witness to race or hate crimes
  • rejection by peers, family, social groups or faith.

Recognising Extremism

Early indicators of radicalisation or extremism behaviours may include:

  • showing sympathy for extremist causes
  • glorifying violence, especially to other faiths or cultures
  • making remarks or comments about being attending extremist events or rallies
  • evidence of possessing illegal or extremist literature
  • advocating messages similar to illegal organisations or other extremist groups
  • out of character changes in dress, behaviour and peer relationships (but there are also very powerful narratives, programmes and networks that young people can come across online so involvement with particular groups may not be apparent.)
  • secretive behaviour
  • online searches or sharing extremist messages or social profiles
  • intolerance of difference, including faith, culture, gender, race or sexuality
  • graffiti, art work or writing that displays extremist themes
  • attempts to impose extremist views or practices on others
  • verbalising anti-Western or anti-British views
  • advocating violence towards others.

ETS is committed to raising awareness of the Prevent agenda, across the organisation, and the various forms radicalisation can take, to help recognise any first signs and/or behavioural indicators of concern and therefore help specialists to respond appropriately.

ETS will discuss any issues raised with outside referral agencies, which will ultimately determine the most appropriate level and/or type of support required for an individual, should this become necessary.  

What to do if:

If an apprentice or learner discloses to you that they (or indeed another learner/person) has been or are being radicalised:

Do:

  • 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 learner 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:

  • Do not panic;
  • Do not promise to keep things secret. You have a duty to refer a child/young person or adult at risk who is at risk;
  • Do not lie or say that everything will be fine now that they have told someone;
  • Do not criticise the extremist
  • Do not ask lots of detailed or leading questions such as: ‘What did they tell you?’ instead ask open question such as: ‘Do you have anything else to tell me?’, ‘Yes’ or ‘And…?’ do not press for answers the learner is unwilling to give.

Take the disclosure seriously and never dismiss the allegation of radicalisation. Provide a quiet and supportive environment to help the person feel at ease. Remember that an allegation of radicalisation may lead to a criminal investigation and asking leading questions or attempting to investigate the allegations yourself may cause problems for any subsequent court proceedings.

Do not make promises regarding confidentiality. Explain to the person at the outsetthat you will need to report the disclosure and share the information withan ETS Prevent Safeguarding Officer. The Prevent Safeguarding Officer will, where possible, respect the wishes of the individual; however, information will be shared with external agencies where it is judged that a person is at risk of radicalisation.

It is important the person to whom disclosure is made does not investigateor question the person concerned except to clarify what they have heard.

It is very important to record, as accurately as possible, what was said to you when you received the disclosure of radicalisation. Clearly written records should be handled confidentially and if emailed they should be password protected.

Report the disclosure to a Prevent Safeguarding Officer immediately or by telephoning 07756 147275 (24hrs). Complete the Incident and Concern Reporting Form and forward to a Prevent Safeguarding Officer within 24 hours. The Prevent Safeguarding Officer or Prevent Safeguarding Lead will identify the appropriate next steps and keep in contact with you to ensure that our Duty of Care is fulfilled.

What to do if:
You are concerned a young person or adult may be at risk:

  • Contact a member of the Prevent Safeguarding Team for advice and guidance;
  • Make and keep a record of your concerns and forward to the Prevent Safeguarding Officer within 24 hours;
  • Discuss your concerns with the young person if appropriate. Remember not to ask leading questions

If a learner (child/young person or adult at risk discloses to you that they or another learner/person is at risk of or has been radicalised, or if you suspect from what you observe that they are being radicalised, you MUST REPORT THIS using the Prevent and Safeguarding Incident and Concerns reporting form at Annex A

Monitoring and Review

This policy will be monitored by the Trustee Board at least annually by receiving a report from the Designated Safeguarding Lead.

The policy will be reviewed annually.
Associated Policies:
Safeguarding and Prevent Policy
Safer Recruitment and Selection Policy
Single Equality Scheme and Action Plan
Online Safety Policy
Anti-Harassment and Bullying Policy
Freedom of Speech Policy

External Speaker Policy and Risk Assessment. For further information in respect of the ETS Prevent Policy contact Simon Mills simon@etsgroup.co.uk or Laura Osborne laura@etsgroup.co.uk or telephone 01392 445444.

See below Risk Assessment