Prevent policy


Policy statement:

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


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 Framework

Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015

Our responsibilities:

  • All staff will be DBS checked when they are employed to work for ICON.

  • All ICON Training 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.

Understanding terminology

Radicalisation: act or process of making a person more radical or favouring of extreme or fundamental changes in political, economic or social conditions, institutions or habits of mind

Extremism: holding extreme political or religious views which may deny right to any group or individual. Can be expressed in vocal or active opposition to

Core British values: including (i) democracy (ii) the rule of law (iii) individual liberty (iv) respectful tolerance of different faiths or beliefs

  • All ICON Training staff are given re fresher training during their employment with ICON Training which is specific to where the region they work in, the sites they work in and the diversity of learners that deliver/assess to.

  • Learners are encouraged by our Skills assessors to discussion and air their views in relation to Radicalisation and extremism.

  • The use of naturally occurring evidence such as weekly news discussion topics to discuss posted on the ICON blog. These ensure sensitive subjects are discussed in a way that doesn’t make learners or staff uncomfortable.

  • A risk assessment and clear action plan has been produced showing what is done and what may need to be done which is now updated on a quarterly basis.

  • Prevent Duty SPOC where possible uses partnership contacts to keep up to date within the sector.

  • 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.

  • ICON Training ensures all learners are provided with information about the role of the ICON Training Designated Safeguarding officer and designated members during the learner induction.

  • Informing all learners as part of the induction process the dangers of being online, Radicalisation and extremism and what can you trust. This is done via online modules on the website

  • ICON Training have in place a ‘Be safe’ email where learners can contact ICON Training confidentially on any issue relating to any form of radicalisation or extremism and only the DSO and designated members have access to this account.

  • Any guest speaker ICON Training will conduct a background check on that individual and require 2 references one from a current and one from a previous employer.

  • Guest speakers who will be conducting or presenting to groups of learners or ICON Training staff will be required to forward to the SPOC for Prevent the presentations, schemes of work, lesson plans which will then be reviewed to ensure its content, language and structure is suitable, and the content if taken from any website does not promote any forms of radicalisation or extremism or extremist views.

  • During progress reviews visit our Skills assessors encourage our learners to discuss / air their views on topics such as Health and Safety, British Values, Radicalisation and Extremism

  • Learner/s aged 16 – 18 who begin a qualification with ICON Training, we have duty to inform the parent/guardian of those said learner/s of our continued commitment to protect young people and our staff are fully aware of their role and responsibility to this.

We do this via a letter which is posted and a copy is saved on each learner record.

  • All staff have to ensure they have the following information to hand the document is called ‘Keeping children safe in education: For school and college staff (Part 1).–2

Safer Recruitment

When recruiting new members of staff ICON follows the government guidance “Safeguarding Children: Safer Recruitment in Education and Safer Recruitment principles and has due regard to the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 and the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.

ICON adapts the guidelines within the Baseline Security Standard (BPSS) for all appointment and ensures that the relevant ICON uses the DBS checking service to assess applicants’ suitability for positions of trust, the Company compiles fully with the Code of Practice and undertakes to treat all applicants for positions fairly.

DBS checks are undertaken in line with government guidance and current legislation, alongside appropriate references being obtained and ensuring qualifications are verified. Safer Recruitment training has been undertaken by senior members of staff who conduct recruitment activities in accordance with statutory guidance.


Please click here for access to the REFERRAL PROCESS

Associated Policies

Equality and Diversity Policy

Health and safety Policy

Safeguarding Policy

ICT Policy

Whistleblowing Policy

Guest Speaker Policy

Contact Details

Designated Safeguarding Officer

Prevent Officer

Darren Blackburn 07917 042367

Vicky Emerson 07717 695922

Designated members

Charlie Lambert – Client Services Administrator 01291 423 655

List of other referral agencies

  • FE Prevent coordinator – hifsa Harron-Igbal 07800 711318

  • The Police non-emergency number: 101

  • Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111

  • Anti-Terrorism Hotline: 0800 789 321

  • – 0808 800 5000

  • Samaritans – 08457 90 90 90

  • Childline – 0800 1111

  • CEOP – 0870000 3344

  • Internet Safety