Frequently Asked Questions

1. Does it matter if we teach British values but call it community or global values?

The Prevent duty guidance document is clear that it is British values which must be taught. In recent Ofsted inspections inspectors have asked learners if they understand what British values are and if they have been taught about them. Consquently we would advise that the term British values is used.

2. Can we comply with the Prevent duty and Ofsted expectations by deliverying all of British values though the pastoral system?

The Prevent duty and Ofsted guidance expect opportunities to exemplify and promote British values to be found in all curriculum areas as well as pastoral provision

3. We have trained the teaching/training staff so have we done enough?

No, it’s important to ensure all staff are trained, so that everyone in an institution has an awareness of the factors that make people vulnerable to exploitation by extremists; and they know responsibilities, and what to do if they have any concerns about an individual they come in to contact with through their work, whatever that might be. For FE providers this includes all staff, including volunteers, governors and board members.

4. If all of our staff complete online Prevent duty training modules can we be confident that they will all be Prevent aware and ready for an Ofsted inspection?

Ofsted will always want to assess the impact of Prevent duty training. In the Ofsted report on Prevent duty compliance in August 2016 Ofsted suggest that online training is not sufficient and that some face to face training is also important. This could be training provided by inhouse safeagruding staff; ETF can also provide training.

5. We have had speakers who come in every year. Do we really need to risk assess them?

Yes.You should risk assess all external speakers for safeguarding reasons

6. If we refer someone through the Prevent process to Channel Panel will it be highlighted on a DBS (Previously CRB)? 

If a provider refers someone through the Prevent process to Channel Panel and they participate in the Channel process this will not be highlighted by a DBS (previously CRB check). However this will not prevent other activities in criminal space being highlighted in a CRB check.

7. Are we criminalising people we refer to Channel Panel through the Prevent process?

 No. The Prevent Process is aimed at people outside criminal space and aims to give support to keep them outside criminal space.

8. Do providers need a Prevent officer who is separate from the Safeguarding officer?

It is up to each institution to decide their nominated Prevent officer. Most providers are likely to incorporate this within their existing Safeguarding arrangements, recognising that Prevent is about safeguarding vulnerable individuals.

9. We are a provider in a prosperous rural area so do we need to worry about the Prevent duty?

Experience so far shows that extremism can be found in any area, with any community, in the same way as safeguarding is an issue everywhere. Prevent is now a statutory duty and is therefore a requirement for all providers as set out in the Prevent Guidance Document.

10. We work with apprentices and don’t have the opportunity to integrate British values so does that apply to us?

Yes. The guidance covers all students including apprentices. There is an expectation that all aspects of the guidance including the exemplification and integration of British values will apply to apprentices as well as all other students.

11. We have some subcontractors. They are responsible for their own Prevent duty aren’t they?

It is the lead provider’s responsibility to ensure that any sub-contractors engaged to support delivery in any way comply with the Prevent duty. Sub-contractors must be aware of the Prevent duty. Providers must ensure that they are not  inadvertently funding extremist organisations through sub-contracting arrangements.

12. As a private provider do we need to worry about the Prevent duty? 

All providers, as set out in the Prevent Duty Guidance Document have to comply with the Prevent duty.

Providers covered by the prevent duty:

  • Further education institutions on the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) register of training organisations (ROTO), including sub-contractors which receive more than £100,000 of SFA funding via lead providers. This includes approximately 950 further education colleges and independent providers – such as private companies and third sector organisations that are eligible to receive public funding from the SFA to deliver education and training and the 93 Sixth Form Colleges and other organisations funded by the Education Funding Agency to deliver post 16 education and training;
  • Further education institutions in Wales funded by the Welsh Government;
  • Private further education institutions who are not in receipt of public funding who may be on the UK Register of Learning Providers and have similar characteristics to those on the register. We define these as institutions that have at least 250 students [at any one time] who are undertaking courses in preparation for examinations which either receive public funding or are regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation or the Welsh Government.

Extract from the Prevent Guidance Document.