A Legal Duty Not Many People Are Aware Of!

The Prevent duty requires a “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism” and is placed upon certain organisations and bodies under the Counter terrorism and Security Act 2015. This includes:

  • Local Authorities
  • Police
  • Health bodies
  • Prison services
  • Schools
  • Higher & Further Education

As an independent training provider, Albion Environmental are required to adhere to the following requirements from the Prevent duty guidance:

  • 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

In recognition of this duty Albion Environmental staff undertook the E-Learning Course developed by the Government available on the Home Office website free of charge (link below). The general consensus among staff was that the training was very useful and certainly added a new depth of insight into radicalisation and extremism. It challenged the perceptions of the types of extremism, with exercises and examples of Far Right, as well as Islamist extremism. It also made those who undertook the training consider where extremism starts and how it is not always violent acts.

Albion Environmental are committed to ensuring fulfilment of their Prevent duty, providing appropriate support to staff and learners alike. If you would like to read further on this duty please take a look at the selection of online resources available below.