What are my responsibilities?

What are my responsibilities?

Leaders and managers have defined responsibilities under the Prevent Duty. They must ensure that:

  • their institution actively engages, within the organisation and with other partners, as appropriate, including police and local authority Prevent co-ordinators and has data sharing protocols as appropriate
  • where the size of an institution warrants this management and co-ordination arrangements should be implemented to share information across the relevant curriculum areas within an institution, with a single point of contact for operational delivery of Prevent-related activity
  • their institution should have regular contact with their regional further education Prevent co-ordinators.
  • where an institution has sub-contracted the delivery of courses, they should have robust procedures in place to ensure that the sub-contractor is aware of the Prevent duty and the sub-contractor is not inadvertently funding extremist organisations
Policies – see sample policies
  • their institution must have clear and visible policies and procedures for managing whistleblowing and complaints
  • policies are in place for students using IT equipment to research terrorism and counter terrorism in the course of their studies. JISC can provide support in this area
  • the Prevent Duty complements the institution’s responsibility under the Equality Act 2010 and covers student welfare, including equality and diversity, the safety of students and staff
  • policies are in place for the use of prayer and reflection spaces
Risk assessment and action planning
  • a risk assessment is carried out to address the physical management of the institution’s estate, including policies and procedures for events held by staff, students or visitors, and relationships with external bodies and community groups who may use premises, and/or work in partnership with the institution.
  • an action plan is developed to support the provider organisation in responded to identified risks
Staff Training
  • their institution demonstrates that they undertake appropriate training and development for governors or board members, leaders and staff
  • staff exemplify British values in their management, teaching and through general behaviours in institutions
  • opportunities in the further education or training curriculum are used to promote the British values to learners.
Internal processes
  • at a corporate level their institution should have robust procedures both internally and externally for sharing information about vulnerable individuals. This should include information sharing agreements where possible
  • their institution must have a clear Prevent referral process with a single point of contact which is known to all staff and students. This will usually be the same as the safeguarding process.
Pastoral care
  • pastoral care is at the heart of all provision for all providers. The exemplification of British Values and the preventing extremism strategy should be integrated into the pastoral care process
  • there is sufficient pastoral care and support for all students, according to the needs of the particular institution.

Ofsted inspects publically funded further education and skills providers in England under the Common Inspection framework with the frequency of inspection decided according to the assessed level of risk. Safeguarding is inspected as part of leadership and management judgement.

Where Ofsted finds a publicly-funded further education institution or independent learning provider inadequate, which will include where the institution or provider has failed to comply with this duty, intervention action will be taken.

Estyn is responsible for the inspection of further education and skills providers in Wales.