What is the Prevent Duty?
Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a duty on certain bodies, listed in Schedule 3 to the Act, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.
What is Extremism?
The government has defined extremism in the Prevent Duty as: “vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.” This also includes calls for the death of members of the British armed forces.
What are British Values?
British values are defined as “democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs”.
The Prevent duty guidance requires that:
- institutions encourage learners to respect other people with particular regard to the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010.
- all staff exemplify British values in their management, interactions with learners and through general behaviours in institutions, including through opportunities in the further education curriculum
- staff and board members have undertaken training in the Prevent duty as identified by their leaders and managers including the principal or CEO
- all staff are aware of when it is appropriate to refer Prevent related concerns about students, learners or colleagues to the provider’s safeguarding officer
- all staff challenge extremism