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Prevent Policy and Procedure

The Purpose of this policy is to:

• Ensure an awareness of Prevent within the organisation
• Provide a clear framework to structure and inform our responses to safeguarding and
prevent concerns including a positive referral process for those who may be susceptible
to the message of extremism
• Embed British Values into our program of delivery and ways of working
• Recognise current practices which contributes to the Prevent agenda
• Identify areas of best practice and improvement

The Policy applies to:

The Prevent Policy applies to everyone working or learning through Sapphire Logistics and Consultancy:

It covers all responsibilities on the Director, staff, learners and visitors.

Policy Statement

Sapphire aim is to create and maintain a safe, healthy and supportive learning and working
environment for all learners, staff and visitors alike.

We recognise that extremism and exposure to extremist materials and influences can lead to
poor outcome for learners. We further recognise if we fail to challenge extremists views we are failing to protect our learners from potential harm. As such the Prevent agenda will be addressed as a safeguarding concern.

Sapphire has adopted the Prevent Duty in accordance with legislative requirements.

We will endeavor to incorporate the relevant duties so as not to:

(a) Stifle legitimate discussions, debate or learner engagement activities in the local communities we serve; or

(b) Stereotype, label or single out individuals based on their origins, ethnicity, faith and beliefs or any other characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.

Sapphire Logistics and Consultany’s Prevent Policy has 5 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 learner’s voice.
  2. To breakdown segregation among different learner communities by supporting inter-faith and intercultural dialogue and understanding; and to engage all learners in playing a full and active role in wider engagement in society.
  3. To ensure learners’ safety and that Sapphire is free from bullying, harassment and discrimination.
  4. To provide support for learners who may be at risk of radicalisation, and an appropriate source of advice and guidance.
  5. To ensure that learners and 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.
• 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.
• 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 faith and beliefs.

Our Aims:

Leadership and Values

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

• Promoting core values of respect, equality and diversity, democratic society, learner voice and participation.
• Building on staff and learner understanding of the issues and confidence to deal with them through mandator staff training, specialist tutorials, awareness campaigns and community engagement.

Teaching & Learning

To provide a curriculum that promotes British Values, knowledge and skills and understanding, to build the resilience of learners by undermining extremist ideology and supporting the learner voice by:

• Embedding British Values, equality, diversity and inclusion, wellbeing and community cohesion throughout our program.
• Promote wider skills and development such as social and emotional aspects of learning.
• Teaching, learning and assessments strategies that explore controversial issues in a way that promotes critical analysis and pro-social values.
• Use of external programs or groups to support learning while ensuring that the input supports our values.
• Encourage active citizenship and learner voice.

Learner Support

To ensure that staff take preventative and responsive steps. Sapphire will achieve this through: 

– Strong effective and responsive learner support services
– Implementing anti-bullying strategies and challenging discriminatory behavior.
– Recognizing factors that may increase risk to a learner: vulnerability, disadvantage, or hardship and implementing risk management strategies.
– Ensuring that learners and staff know how to access support in-house and/or via community partners.
– Supporting at-risk learners through safeguarding and crime prevention processes.
– Working collaboratively to promote support for learners across all areas of Sapphire, including those learners in off-site provision.

Roles and Responsibilities

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

Senior Management Team

All SMT 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 staff have undertaken training in Prevent Duty
• All staff are aware of when it is appropriate to refer to concerns about learners or colleagues to the Safeguarding Officer.
• All staff exemplify British Values into their values
• Policies and procedures are in place and acted on where appropriate.

Prevent Lead

The Director is the prevent Lead and Safeguarding lead and has responsibility for ensuring that the Prevent Strategy is implemented and that any concerns are shared with relevant organisations, to minimise the risk of our learners becoming involved with terrorism.

SMT Meetings
The SMT meet every 6 months and any concerns raised under the prevent agenda or changes to the Duty that affect Sapphire are discussed within this Board.

All Staff:

All staff have a responsibility to:

  • Create and support an ethos that upholds Sapphire’s mission, vision and values including British Values to create an environment of respect, equality and diversity and inclusion.
  • Attend Prevent training 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 or remove any literature that could cause offensive or promote extremist views.
  • Support the development of staff and learner understanding of the issues around extremism and radicalisation through activities such as training, awareness campaigns, and tutorials.

Managing Risks:

Sapphire will ensure that it monitors risks and is ready to deal appropriately with issues that arise from the following:

  • Understand the nature of the threat from violent extremism and how this may impact directly and indirectly on Sapphire
  • Identifying, understanding and managing potential risks within Sapphire from external influences.
  • Responding appropriately to events reported via local, national or international news that may impact on learners and communities.
  • Ensure plans are in place to minimise the potential of acts of violent/non-violent extremism within Sapphire
  • Ensure measures are in place to respond appropriately to a threat or incident within Sapphire
  • Continuously developing effective ICT security and responsible user policies. Ensuring compliance with related policies.

Links to values and other policies:

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

  • Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
  • Equality, Diversity & Exclusion Statement
  • Health & Safety Policy
  • Environmental Safety Policy
  • Mission, Vision and Values
  • Whistleblowing Policy
  • Freedom of Information Policy
  • Data Protection Policy
  • Acceptable use of IT Policy

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

WHO?
HOW?
Learners
Policy available at Sapphire site. Prevent awareness in learner induction sessions and in the learner portal Information about Prevent delivered through tutorials and resources, and via attendance at and participation in Prevent and British Values related learner activities.
Senior Management Team
Receive updates, table regular discussion in meetings. Prevent Lead to attend meetings/discussions as appropriate. Annual report delivered to outline relevant changes to the Prevent agenda and detailing actions taken to ensure compliance and learner safety.
Managers
Receive mandatory training and updates.
Delivery Staff
Receive mandatory training and updates. Team meetings.
Business support staff who interact with learners
Briefing by managers, copies of the policy to be distributeake mandatory training/updates.
All Staff
All new members of staff receive Prevent Training.