prevent duty & british values

Context & Scope
Ealing Hammersmith and West London College has a legal responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all their students and to ensure that they operate within the law. The Prevent Duty is a government strategy and was introduced to safeguard communities against the threat of extremism, radicalisation and terrorism and for the promotion of British Values. 

Duty of Care:
Section 26 of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a duty on educational establishments to have “due regard to the needs to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This is not about preventing apprentices from having political and religious views or concerns but supporting them to use or act on their views and concerns in a non-extremist way. 

Definitions with the Prevent Duty & British Values

Ideology: A set of beliefs

Extremism: Defined by the Governments as “vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs 

Radicalisation: The process by which a person comes to support terrorism and extremist ideologies

Terrorism: A violent act against people or property, designed to create fear and advance a political, religious or ideological cause

British Values: British values are defined as democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different religions 

Concerns & Identifying possible warning signs:

Signs of vulnerability may include:

  • Loneliness or isolation
  • Changes to a family situation/family tensions
  • Poverty
  • Political grievances
  • Crime/anti-social behaviour

Possible warning signs may include:

  • Progressive changes in behaviour - such as significantly changing appearance, changing peer/friendship groups
  • Argumentative and unwilling to listen
  • Unwilling to engage with those of different race, religion, gender etc
  • Accessing extremist material, showing sympathy to extremist views or behaviour


Reporting Concerns:
If you are worried or concerned about your Apprentice, please contact ours Safeguarding Team immediately on 020 8741 1688 ext. 2576 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Once we have investigated concerns, the Safeguarding Lead would determine the most appropriate course of action and may refer to Channel.

What is Channel?
Channel is a programme that provides support to people who are identified as being vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism or extremism. It is a supportive approach and operates in the pre- criminal space. The programme uses a multiagency approach to protect vulnerable people by: 

  • Identifying individuals at risk
  • Assessing the nature and extent of the risk
  • Developing the most appropriate support plan for the individuals concerned


pdfRevised Prevent Duty Guidance

pdfChannel Duty Guidance