Prevent is a form of training that aims to ensure the safeguarding of children, adults and communities from any threat of terrorism.
As an employer, you have the responsibility to safeguard the people in your care. You might notice changes an apprentices behaviour before their peers or parents.
Here, you will find information to help you understand your ‘Prevent’ responsibilities and where to access support.
Extremism – The ‘vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values of democracy, rule of law, tolerance and individual liberty’
Radicalisation – The ‘process in which a person comes to sympathise with and support terrorist or extremist ideologies’. There is no obvious profile of a person that is at risk or radicalisation. and the process can be different for every individual and ideology.
Terrorist groups aspire to radicalise people to gain support for their ideologies, through the use of bonding, peer pressure and indoctrination. There is no distinctive way of identifying an individual who may be susceptible to being radicalised.
The risks may depend on the area, the age of the individual and the context, and professionals also have a responsibility to understand concerns within their local region.
There are some indicators that may indicate that a person is being drawn to terrorism, such as:
- Behaving in a way that is out of character or secretive
- Being rejected by others
- Signs of being stressed or depressed
- Victim/witness to hate/race crimes
- Change in behaviour or appearances in line with ideological influences
- Possessing Literature related to extreme views
- Having tattoos of symbols associated with extremist ideologies
- Sharing extremist websites
- Showing sympathy for extremist ideologies
As social media becomes increasingly more popular, it is important to recognise that it can be easily used to radicalise a large number of people, with terrorist organisations often using modern technology to recruit people to their cause. This is consdered to be a form of grooming, with one report by the NSPCC indicating that teenagers can be especially vulnerable.
It is important to remember that anyone can be at risk and staff have a responsibility to be aware of the indicators of a person being drawn into extremism or radicalisation.
If you have concerns about an apprentice being or has been radicalised, contact their allocated Assessor who will raise concern with RM Trainings Safeguarding Officer.
If their Assessor is not available, contact our Safeguarding Officer directly.
David – firstname.lastname@example.org – 07593067883
- Report terrorism online via: www.gov.uk/report-terrorism
- www.educateagainsthate.com provides further information with regard to understanding radicalisation and extremism.
- www.preventforfeandtraining.org.uk provides information and online training with regard to the Prevent Duty which is specific to Further Education and Training Providers.
- www.internetmatters.org has lots of information, advice and resources which can be used to help people stay safe online.
- www.ceop.gov.uk – CEOP works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account, protecting children from harm online and offline.
- www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/a-z/ Information and support for safe use of the internet.