Both York College and the employer have a legal duty to create a safe environment, protect and safeguard the welfare of the apprentice, (as per the commitment statement part B employer and apprentice handbook) promoting respect and tolerance through British Values and prevent young people being groomed to take part in extremist activities.
York College classes the prevention of extremism as a safeguarding concern.
York College staff are fully briefed about their responsibilities with regard to safeguarding and trained in the signs to watch out for which might indicate that young people are in danger.
Understanding the terminology
What is Safeguarding? Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as: protecting children (aged under 18) from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
Safeguarding also includes taking action to prevent vulnerable adults coming to harm.
At the heart of Prevent is safeguarding children and adults and providing early intervention to protect and divert people away from being drawn into terrorist activity.
What are British Values? British values are defined as ‘democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs.’ York College encourages its students and staff to respect other people with particular regard to the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010.
What is the Prevent Duty? Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a duty on certain bodies, to have ‘due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’. These statutory bodies include: Education, Health, Social Care and Police.
What is Extremism? The government has defined extremism in the Prevent Duty as: ‘vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values’. This also includes calls for the death of members of the British armed forces. Extremism and radicalisation might include; violent Islamist groups, the extreme right wing and other causes. Extremism typically uses systems and processes outside of the rule of law and democracy, often using violence and intimidation to further a cause.
What is Radicalisation The process by which a person comes to support terrorism and/or extremist ideologies To help protect your apprentice(s) from the risks associated with radicalisation and extremism. We have attached a link with a training activity for you and your apprentice to carry out, the activity will take you around 45 minutes. We are hopeful this training will be useful in raising your awareness of some of the issues faced by young people.