OFSTED officially recognises Safeguarding at Barnsley College as “Effective”, 2017
Report can be found here.
Prevent Duty – Working Together to Defeat Terrorism
Part of the college’s safeguarding duty also includes protecting vulnerable individuals from the risk of radicalisation and extremism. This is called the ‘Prevent Duty’. Prevent is a government initiative aimed at stopping people becoming involved with (radicalised), or supporting violent extremism.
What is Radicalisation?
The government definition is that radicalisation is a process by which an individual or group comes to adopt increasingly extreme political, social, or religious ideals and aspirations that reject or undermine the status quo or reject and/or undermine contemporary ideas and expressions of freedom of choice.
What is Extremism?
The government has defined extremism as: “vocal or active opposition to British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs”. The college shares and promotes these values across our community.
British Values, Equality & Diversity:
We follow governmental principles on British Values throughout college, these are:
- The freedom to live as you wish and go where you want.
- Helping you to making informed choices.
- Taking responsibility for your choices and exercising them safely.
- Making sure you know your rights.
Justice – Rule of Law:
- Fairness in the way people are dealt with.
- Exploring the laws that govern and protect us.
- Understanding the consequences if these rules are broken.
- Considering that these may be different from religious laws.
- The belief in freedom and equality between people.
- A broad general knowledge & respect of public institutions and services.
- Helping you to influence decision-making through the democratic process.
- Explaining the advantages and disadvantages of democracy.
Respect – Mutual Respect:
- Tolerance of those with different respects and beliefs.
- Understanding how your behaviour has an effect on your own rights and those of others.
- Respecting other people’s differences, other cultures and ways of life.
- Challenging prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
Prevent Duty – A Whole College Approach
We work with local police and regional co-ordinators for Prevent. Our approach to prevent the risk of radicalisation is robust and comprehensive and is embedded into our Safeguarding Policy and Procedures.
We have strong partnerships with the Local Authority and the Channel Panel, a Designate Safeguarding Lead, an E-Communication Acceptable Use policy and Internet filters and monitoring is in place.
A member of the Safeguarding Team sits on the local silver Prevent strategy group.
We have a high quality PREVENT action plan and risk assessment – validated by the Local Authority Prevent Coordinator and reviewed regularly.
What is happening in your area?
What risks have you identified?
Your risk assessment needs to reflect your context.
There are strong procedures in place to ensure those who access our college have a legitimate reason for being there. This includes a zero tolerance approach when students are not displaying their student ID badge, and a risk assessment process for external speakers.
We have received expert advice from the CTU regarding protecting spaces.
Staff engagement in PREVENT
- Three staff are accredited by the Home Office to deliver the official Prevent training and a comprehensive ongoing programme of staff engagement has been implemented (including SMT, Governors, Employers and Sub-contractors).
- All staff complete the on-line Home Office Channel Training.
Students engagement in PREVENT
- Students receive an introduction to British Values through keep-warm activities.
- Students complete mandatory sessions on PREVENT and British Values within tutorials completing the appropriate Education and Training Foundation (ETF) Modules which are recommended by the Department for Education.
- Students complete mandatory sessions on HATE crime in tutorials.
- As a result of the training safeguarding have a received a small number of referrals.
Following the Paris attacks, College became aware of a student posting racist comments about immigrant communities. Staff spoke to the student about his posts, ascertaining what had led him to post such comments. Based on inaccurate propaganda accessed online and influenced by opinions of family members, the student had a negative perception of these communities. Whilst the incident didn’t meet the threshold for a Channel Panel referral, College intervened to provide support, education and awareness raising. Staff supported the student to access accurate information around immigration as well as talking through British Values and how these linked to College ethos and expectations. The student was also made aware that his behaviour was on the fringe of criminality so that he was aware of consequences should he continue this behaviour. However, the main focus was of support and recognising that the student required safeguarding as he potentially was vulnerable to online grooming.
College library staff noticed that a learner was borrowing a range of books unrelated to his study programme which included a combination of books on the radical right, fascism, chemistry, viruses, politics, beliefs and values. The student had in the past been disrespectful towards certain cultures and communities which had been addressed by staff. Whilst this in itself didn’t meet the threshold for a Channel referral, College intervened just to ensure that there were no concerns around the student being vulnerable to radicalisation. Staff spoke to the student about the books to ascertain why he might be interested in borrowing such books.
National and Regional Prevent Contacts
Barnsley Council – Ray Powell, Prevent Coordinator, Barnsley Council switchboard number on 01226 770770
South Yorkshire Police Prevent Team – Ring 101
South Yorkshire Police 101
Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789 321
Crime Stoppers 0800 555 111
Last updated: 14th December 2017