Prevent – how to report concerns

Emma Hart – safeguarding designated officer Ext: 2508, Peter Roberts – deputy principal Ext: 2408 or Ruth Vickers – welfare officer and second for safeguarding: Ext 2218. Or any member of SLT, via College reception Prevent Strategy

It is anticipated that there is a very high risk of a terrorist attack in the United Kingdom. The Government’s response to this threat is the Counter Terrorism and Security Act (2015). One key aspect of the Act is that Colleges now have a statutory duty to prevent young people in their care from being radicalised and drawn into terrorism. The 16-19 age group is considered to be a very high risk group in terms of involvement in terrorist activity and Colleges need to clearly demonstrate that they are taking strong measures to comply with the Act. This will be measured by Ofsted.The three national Prevent objectives are:

  • To respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it.
  • To prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support.
  • To support sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation.

The Oldham Sixth Form College Approach

The College is committed to the principle of free speech, the free flow of ideas and the exchange of opinion and debate. It is not intended that our Prevent duty will in any way impact on the academic freedom or civil liberties that are central to the success of our students. However, the College has a duty of care to its students and a clear and unambiguous role to play in safeguarding vulnerable young people from radicalisation and recruitment by extremist or terrorist groups. Oldham Sixth Form College can help to prevent this from happening by:

  • Educating students about the risks associated with extremism.
  • Identifying and supporting students that might be vulnerable.
  • Working alongside local agencies to prevent extremist groups from recruiting.

The College’s approach is intended to cover all forms of terrorism, including far right extremism and aspects of non-violent extremism.Oldham Sixth Form College has developed a Risk Assessment and Action Plan that outlines a clear approach to addressing these three priorities. This RA and AP framework is intended to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Staff and students understand the nature of risk from extremism and how this might impact on the College.
  • The potential risks within the College and externally are understood and if relevant, identified.
  • The College is able to respond appropriately to local, national and international events that may impact upon it.
  • Ensure that measures are in place to minimise the potential for acts of violent extremism.
  • British values are promoted to students in the College in a sensitive way.
  • Ensure that plans are in place to respond to a threat or incident within the College.

The Risk Assessment and Action Plan will be updated termly by the College’s Prevent lead, Emma Hart and the College’s Senior Leadership Team.This will include:Training for staff and bespoke training for those in the front lineAssemblies, tutorials and a curriculum focus for studentsA staff steering group and student feedback groupsWork with parents