Purpose of Prevent Policy

Preventing violent and non-violent extremism and radicalisation

Who does this policy apply to?

The Prevent Policy applies to everyone working at or using the Ellesmere Centre for Psychotherapy Training. It confers responsibilities on all Directors, ECPT staff, trainees, trainers, volunteers, contractors, visitors, consultants and those working under self-employed arrangements (collectively termed as ‘staff’ throughout this policy).

Policy Statement

The aim of the Prevent Policy is to create and maintain a safe, healthy and supportive learning and working environment for our trainees, staff and visitors alike. We recognise that extremism and exposure to extremist materials and influences can lead to poor outcomes for clients.  We further recognise that if we fail to challenge extremist views we are failing to protect our clients from potential harm. As such the Prevent agenda, will be addressed as a safeguarding concern. ECPT has adopted the Prevent Duty in accordance with legislative requirements. However, we will endeavour to incorporate the relevant duties so as not to:

  • Stifle legitimate discussions, debate or client engagement activities in the local community; or
  • (b) Stereotype, label or single out individuals based on their origins, ethnicity, faith and beliefs or any other characteristics protected under the Equality Act 2010.

Why do we need this policy?

Background information

Prevent is one of 4 strands of the Government’s counter terrorism strategy – CONTEST. The UK currently faces a range of terrorist threats. Terrorist groups who pose a threat to the UK seek to radicalise and recruit people to their cause. Therefore early intervention is at the heart of Prevent which aims to divert people away from being drawn into terrorist activity. The purpose of this policy is to:

  • Ensure an awareness of Prevent within ECPT
  • Provide a clear framework to structure and inform our response to safeguarding concerns, including a supportive referral process for those who may be susceptible to the messages of extremism
  • Embed British Values into ways of working
  • Recognise current practice which contributes to the Prevent agenda
  • Identify areas for improvement

Prevent happens before any criminal activity takes place by recognising, supporting and protecting people who might be susceptible to radicalisation.

The national Prevent Duty confers mandatory duties and responsibilities on a range of public organisations and seeks to:

· Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views.

· Provide practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and violent extremism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support.

· Work with a wide range of sectors where there are risks of radicalisation which needs to be addressed, including education, criminal justice, faith, the internet and health. The Government has created a system of ‘threat level’ which represents the likelihood of a terrorist attack in the near future. The current threat level from international terrorism in the UK is severe, which means that a terrorist attack is highly likely.

Our Prevent Policy has four key objectives:

1. To promote and reinforce shared values, including British Values; to create space for free and open debate; and to listen and support the client voice.

2. To breakdown segregation among different communities including by supporting inter-faith and inter-cultural dialogue and understanding; and to engage all clients in playing a full and active role in wider engagement in society.

3. To provide support for clients who may be at risk of radicalisation, and appropriate sources of advice and guidance.

4. To ensure that staff are aware of their roles and responsibilities in preventing violent and non-violent extremism.

Definitions

The following are commonly agreed definitions within the Prevent agenda:

· An ideology is a set of beliefs.

· Radicalisation is the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism that may lead to terrorism.

· Safeguarding is the process of protecting vulnerable people, whether from crime, other forms of abuse or from being drawn into terrorism-related activity.

· Terrorism is an action that endangers or causes serious violence, damage or disruption and is intended to influence the government or to intimidate the public and is made with the intention of advancing a political, religious or ideological objective.

· Vulnerability describes factors and characteristics associated with being susceptible to radicalisation.

· Extremism is vocal or active opposition to fundamental British Values, including democracy, the rule of law, Individual and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.

British Values are detailed within the Prevent Duty and include democracy, the rule of law, Individual and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.

Aims Leadership and Values

To create and maintain an ethos that upholds core values of shared responsibility and wellbeing for all clients, patients, staff and visitors whilst promoting respect, equality and diversity and understanding.

This will be achieved through:

· Promoting core values of respect, equality and diversity, democratic society, client voice and participation.

· Building staff understanding of the issues and confidence to deal with them through specialist tutorials, awareness campaigns and community engagement activities.

· Deepening engagement with local communities and faith groups.

· Actively working with the local Prevent Group which includes representation from Police, Local Authorities, Health, Education, Probation, and Fire & Rescue services.

Teaching and Learning

To provide a curriculum that promotes British Values, knowledge, skills and understanding, to build the resilience of clients by undermining extremist ideology and supporting the clients voice. This will be achieved through:

· Embedding British Values, equality, diversity and inclusion, wellbeing and community cohesion throughout the service.

· Promoting wider skills development such as social and emotional aspect.

· Use of external programmes or groups to support learning while ensuring that the input supports ECPT goals and values.

This will be achieved through:

· Strong, effective and responsive support services.

· Developing strong community links and being aware of what is happening in the locality, including within ECPT’s own community.

· Challenging discriminatory behaviour.

· Recognising factors that may increase risk to a client, i.e. vulnerability, disadvantage or hardship, and implementing early risk management strategies.

· Ensuring that staff and clients know how to access support via community partners.

· Supporting clients with problem solving and repair of harm.

· Supporting ‘at risk’ clients through safeguarding and crime prevention processes.

Roles and responsibilities

Whilst this is a standalone policy, it is integral to our Safeguarding Policy and should be applied as an extension to ECPT’s current and established safeguarding procedures.

The Directors of ECPT have a legal responsibility under the Prevent Duty to make sure they have undertaken training in the Prevent Duty. Additionally, they must ensure that:

· all trainees are aware of the Prevent Duty

· all staff are aware of when it is appropriate to refer concerns about patients, clients or colleagues to the Safeguarding Lead;

· all ECPT staff exemplify British Values into their values;

· policies and procedures to implement the Prevent Duty are in place and acted on where appropriate.

Prevent Lead for ECPT

The Safeguarding Lead is the Prevent Lead, with responsibility for ensuring that our Prevent Strategy is implemented across ECPT and that any concerns are shared with the relevant organisations, in order to minimise the risk of our patients and clients becoming involved with terrorism.  Any concern should be discussed with the ECPT Safeguarding Lead in the first instance who will advise on the appropriate course of action.

All Staff

All staff at ECPT have a responsibility to:

· create and support an ethos that upholds ECPT mission, vision and values including British Values, to create an environment of respect, equality and diversity and inclusion;

· attend Prevent training in order to have the skills to recognise those who may be vulnerable to radicalisation, involved in violent or non-violent extremism, and to know the appropriate action to take if they have concerns;

· report any concerns around extremism or radicalisation via the safeguarding reporting channels;

· report and remove any literature displayed around delivery sites that could cause offense or promote extremist views;

· support the development of staff understanding of the issues around extremism and radicalisation through activities such as training, awareness campaigns and tutorials;

· participate in engagement with local communities, schools and external organisations as appropriate.

Managing Risks and Responding to Events

ECPT will ensure that it monitors risks and is ready to deal appropriately with issues which arise through the following: 

· Understanding the nature of threat from violent extremism and how this may impact directly and indirectly on ECPT.

· Identifying, understanding and managing potential risks within ECPT from external influences.

· Responding appropriately to events reported via local, national or international news that may impact on our communities.

· Ensuring plans are in place to minimise the potential for acts of violent or non-violent extremism within ECPT.

· Ensuring measures are in place to respond appropriately to a threat or incident within the ECPT

.· Continuously developing effective ICT security and responsible user policies.

· Ensuring compliance with related policies. Links to ECPT values and other ECPT policies.

This policy should be used in conjunction with the following policies and procedures:

· Safeguarding Policy

· Health and Safety Policy

· Social Media Policy

  • Diversity & Equalities Policy

Who needs to understand this policy and how will they know about it?

· All new members of staff will receive Prevent training as part of their induction programme.

· All agency staff, volunteers and contractors will be provided with appropriate training / updates regarding changes to the Prevent agenda.

· The ECPT Prevent Policy can be found on the website. Trainees and staff will be signposted to the UK Government Prevent Duty Guidance at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/prevent-duty-guidance and asked to complete the Prevent e-learning package (under the training section near the bottom of the page).

Policy Summary

Our commitment to meeting the Prevent Duty can be summarised as follows:

P – Promotion of Equality and Diversity and positive relationships between staff and clients

R – Referral of any concerns via Safeguarding staff to relevant authorities

E – Embedding British Values

V – Vetting guest speakers and removal of any posters or other materials of an extremist nature

E – Environment – a safe and secure site, sufficient security procedures and online filters

N – News monitoring for any concerns in the locality

T – Training of staff to raise awareness of Prevent