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The Prevent Strategy, first published by the Government in 2011, is part of an overall counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST.
The objectives of Prevent are to:
The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act (2015) imposed a statutory duty on universities to "have due regard to the need to prevent people being drawn into terrorism." This is now commonly known as "the Prevent duty".
Compliance with the duty is monitored by the Office for Students (OfS).
In order to comply with the Prevent duty, institutions must:
Two useful external links to follow are:
The University's approach to Prevent is primarily one of safeguarding the welfare of our students and staff.
We have set up the Prevent Duty Advisory Group to:
For further details, see the Prevent Duty Advisory Group google site (members of Oxford Brookes only).
As per the expectations of the Prevent duty, and the OfS monitoring of compliance, there is an expectation that staff receive appropriate training. The Prevent Duty Advisory Group oversees the Moodle Training module.
All new staff are required to undertake the training as part of their induction, and all staff are strongly encouraged to take the training module.
Staff deemed to be in key roles will be required to undertake more in depth training and refresher training, and staff in these roles will be contacted. If you believe that you should receive more in depth training then please contact the Academic Registrar.
Oxford Brookes has introduced a Code of Practice on Freedom of Speech including Guidance on Visiting Speakers to ensure the University is:
The policy applies to all activities on University premises and outlines the procedure for obtaining approval for visiting speakers.
Linked to this code of practice is the External Speaker Request Form (members of Oxford Brookes only).
If you have concerns about a student, please contact the University Case Conference Group on firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, contact your line manager who will in turn raise the issue with the Case Conference Group. Concerns about staff should be raised through your line manager or through HR Business Partners.
If appropriate, concerns may be brought to the attention of the Academic Registrar as the institution lead on Prevent duty compliance. If necessary, concerns may be escalated to a Channel Panel.
For more information on how the University responds to complex situations involving students, please see Policy on Responding to Complex Student Situations.
Two useful external links to reference if you have concerns are:
If you have any questions about the work of the Prevent Duty Steering Group or the impact of Prevent, please email the Academic Registrar in the first instance.