As you will be aware, from 1 July 2015, the law has been changed to require FE providers to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This is part of the Government’s Prevent strategy.
Further to this requirement, the new Ofsted inspection framework considers how well organisations work to prevent radicalisation and extremism.
To help you understand, and take action on, these new requirements, there are a number of resources to support you.
- The Government has published guidance on this new duty.
- In addition to this guidance, the 157 Group and AELP have published a toolkit to help FE organisations understand the new requirements, and how to implement effective anti-radicalisation measures within their organisations.
- One of the main concerns around radicalisation is social media. The Government has provided some guidance for schools, which you may still find helpful as FE organisations.
We appreciate that this is a lot of information to read through.
For advice and guidance, you can contact your Local Authority Prevent Co-ordinator or local Police Prevent Officer. They will help you understand the level of risk in your local area and how to respond appropriately to that. The Safeguarding lead and point of contact for safeguarding concerns at learndirect is Jenny Parkes, Head of People Services.
We realise that this new duty, and Ofsted framework, may not apply to all of our suppliers. However we would urge you, as best practice, to ensure that the need to prevent radicalisation is considered within your safeguarding policies and procedures.
NB: For suppliers in Scotland specifically, this will be for information only as FE is a devolved responsibility and Ofsted does not apply.