Prevent

  • Guiding our learners
  • Challenging extremist ideology
  • Raising awareness with employers

What is Prevent?

Prevent is part of CONTEST, the government's counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist.  It covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including the extreme right wing, violent Islamist groups, animal rights groups and other causes.

The threat

Although extremely rare in the UK, terrorism is a danger to us all. The local communities can be threatened by a minority of people who encourage or glorify violence in the name of a political ideology or a religion.  The most severe threat to the UK is currently from people returning from international war zones. Other threats include people who adopt racist or anti-religious views thereby stirring up hatred which can lead to violence.

Safeguarding our learners

As part of safeguarding our learners we would always encourage them to report any extremist material they see online using the red button below.

report terrorist materials

We also ensure they have details of our Safeguarding leads, Gavin Smith and Michelle Pedder who can be reached on 

023 9245 4445  or via email Safeguarding@peta.co.uk

Our duty of care

As an approved Apprentice and Further Education Provider we have a legal duty of care to prevent young people becoming or supporting terrorists.  This means we have a responsibility to protect young people from harm including from extremist or violent views.  We do this by educating them to the dangers of extremism and radicalisation and promoting British values.  Also, by providing safe environments in which to learn and develop and supporting vulnerable learners who we perceive to be most at risk. Our tutors are approachable and each learner is given the details of our safeguarding leads, Gavin Smith and Michelle Pedder, with whom they can raise any concerns with, at any point.

Our aim

We want to help our learners by preventing them from being drawn into terrorism or extremist violence.  We therefore:

  • Integrate Prevent Duty in our teaching and learning
  • Guide and support our learners
  • Challenge extremist ideology, prejudices and racist comments
  • Raise employer and stakeholder awareness
  • Promote British values

British values

As part of the prevent strategy we are required to promote British values – they include:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

We do this in lessons and by providing thought provoking screensavers, so that learners are encouraged to discuss issues around extremism openly with their tutors.

See our policies

We have a range of policies and procedures to protect and focus our learners against radicalisation including safeguarding, equality, diversity and health and safety.  To view these policies visit our website www.peta.co.uk/policies – We also have information about other related policies and British values.

The channel process

If in the rare instance an individual is identified as being vulnerable to extremism exploitation, they may be referred to the Channel Process.  This is an early intervention, multi-agency process to safeguard vulnerable people from being drawn into violent, extremist or terrorist behaviour.

What signs to look for?

Listed below are the common signs, situations or circumstances which can make individuals more vulnerable to exploitation such as extremism.

  • Being rejected by peers, faith, social groups and family
  • Pressure from persons linked to extremism
  • Victim or witness to race or religious hate crime
  • Conflict with family over religious beliefs/lifestyle/politics  
  • Identity confusion
  • Change in behaviour or appearance due to influences
  • Possession of literature related to extreme views
  • Experience of poverty, disadvantage or social exclusion
  • Extremist influences
  • Series of traumatic events global, national or personal
  • Tattoos depicting extreme symbols
  • Sharing extremism websites
  • Homophobic, religion or racist bullying


Many of these situations may happen to any young person.  Indeed, you may have experience of some of these issues yourself.  However, it is better to share your concerns so that the right sort of help can be offered.   

Understanding Key Terms

Extremism

Extremism is the use of extreme behaviour to support a belief or ideology.  Not all extremism is harmful or criminal, but sometimes those who behave in an extreme way can go on to become terrorists.  In other words, vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values such as democracy, the rule of law and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.

Ideology

Is a set of beliefs, values, and opinions that shape the way a person or a group thinks, acts, and understands the world.

Terrorism

Terrorism is the unlawful use of violence or a threat of violence to support a belief or ideology.  This includes a violent action against people or property, designed to create fear and advance a political, religious or ideological cause.

Radicalisation

The process by which a person comes to support extremism and terrorism.

Where to go for more information

Contact us

If you have any concerns for yourself or a colleague speak with your Trainer Assessor in the first instance.
If you prefer, call our;
Safeguarding Lead: Gavin Smith or
Safeguarding Deputy: Michele Pedder on
023 9245 4445  or email Safeguarding@peta.co.uk

Useful Links

Prevent duty guidance for England and Wales

Download the guide at:
www.gov.uk/government/publications/prevent-duty-guidance

How social media is used to encourage travel to Syria and Iraq

Fact Sheet on Prevent

NSPCC Hotline for parents worried about radicalisation 

Don't wait until you're certain. Call the NSPCC helpline if you're worried that a child is being radicalised.

It's free, anonymous and they're available 24/7.

For help and support, call thehelpline anytime, e-mail or visit their website.

help@nspcc.org.uk
0800 800 5000


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