Prevent policy

PREVENT DUTY POLICY

Policy statement:

ICON understands its responsibilities under the Counter Terrorism & Security Act 2015 to prevent people of all ages being radicalised or drawn into terrorism.

This safeguarding policy also links with our Prevent Duty Policy:

Purpose:

The Prevent strategy is part the government overall counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST. The aim of the Prevent strategy is to reduce the threat to the UK from terrorism by stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

Legal Frameworks:

  • Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015
  • Prevent Strategy 2011
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education 2015
  • Equality Act 2015.

Definition:

Learners are defined as in learning with ICON, whether they be an apprentice completing or post completion of an apprenticeship pathway or engaged in a qualification and/or training via a funded or non-funded route with ICON.

Our responsibilities:

All staff should be vigilant to extremist behaviour as a wider part of their safeguarding duties and report their concerns to the Designated Safeguarding officer in line with our wider safeguarding policies.

  • ICON’s prevent strategy is set by its Governance Board and is disseminated and trained by the Senior Leadership of the organisation to all staff. It is the responsibility of all staff and stakeholders of ICON to read and understand the organisations and individuals commitment to Prevent Duty and ICON’s strategy.
  • Provide support, advice and guidance for learners and staff who may be at risk or radicalisation. This may include referral to Channel, the process by which multi-agency support is provided to individuals who are at risk of being drawn into terrorism.
  • ICON will seek to actively safeguard all learners and provide welfare support of the need for the learners identified to be at risk of harm as defined within Keeping children safe in Education (2015).
  • All ICON staff will have Prevent duty training at the beginning of employment that gives them the knowledge and confidence to identify learners at risk of being drawn into terrorism, and to challenge extremist ideas which can be used to legitimise terrorism and are shared by terrorist groups and this is refreshed as part of continuous professional development.
  • The Designated Safeguarding officer who is also the Prevent SPOC has a responsibility to complete a Prevent risk assessment and clear action plan which will be RAG rated and updated on a quarterly basis.
  • Any referral information is kept strictly between the relevant individuals, is kept confidential and is stored in a safe place where only the Designated Safeguarding officer has access to it, this information is password protected.
  • The Designated Safeguarding officer and the Designated Safeguarding Person are responsible for making all decisions regarding referrals to Local Authority Channel Panels.
  • As part of the learner induction handbook learners’ complete activities about being safe. And throughout the learning journey they are introduced to a British value and Prevent workbook to raise awareness of these topics. Learners will be encouraged to explore fundamental British values in a safe and supportive environment, without fear of discrimination.
  • We will operate a critical incident management plan in dealing with terrorist related incidents.
  • Any external speakers ICON will adhere to it Guest speaker policy.

Implementation:

ICON will utilise this policy to ensure that from the outset:

  • Staff that ICON employ are subject to the same training, scrutiny and safeguarding that this policy provides
  • This policy will be provided to all staff, learners and employers as well as any stakeholders that engage with ICON through:
  • Our Website
  • Employee handbooks and training
  • Learner handbooks and training
  • Inductions to employment with ICON
  • Inductions to training with ICON.
  • Staff will be required to uphold the integrity of the policy through their conduct and actions when dealing with any of ICON’s stakeholders as well as charged with embedding this throughout their training to learners and ensuring that every opportunity is taken to promote positive activity to learners.
  • Full commitment will be achieved through training, monitoring and the challenge of any behaviour that does not comply with this policy and subject to any formal proceedings should the behaviour be deemed enough to meet the demands of such a procedure.

REFERRAL PROCESS

To raise a concern, please fill in the below form and send to the SPOC or DDP is their absence as listed below:

BE SAFE FORM
Learner : Training Coordinator :
Date of birth :
Gender :
Organisation: Organisation address:
Designated person with the organisation :

On receipt of BESAFE FORM, ICON commits to:

1. Prevent related escalations will be acknowledged within 24 hours.

2. They will be investigated by the SPOC or DDP and the appropriate action will be taken within 5 working days. This may include the referral to an appropriate outside organisation or body as deemed appropriate as set out in the Counter Terrorism & Security Act 2015 Guidance for England and Wales.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/445977/3799_Revised_Prevent_Duty_Guidance__England_Wales_V2-Interactive.pdf

3. ICON link closely with local Prevent Duty Coordinators from the Home Office and utilise the local Channel Panel to escalate concerns for further consideration as appropriate.

4. All Prevent Duty related activity will be recorded as part of the ICON Governance set strategy and will be discussed as part of the bi-monthly Governance Meeting and appropriate action, support and advice provided to staff.

Contact Details

Designated Safeguarding Officer and Prevent SPOC
Darren Blackburn
Darren.Blackburn@icon-training.com 07917 042367
Deputy Designated Person
Vicky Emerson
Vicky.Emerson@icon-training.com 07717 695922

Deputy Designated Persons (DSP) will deputise in Designated Safeguarding Officer absence.