In order to comply with the ‘Prevent’ duty which applies to specified authorities under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (the Act), the Government has issued guidance for childcare providers, including children’s homes.
The Act requires that ‘specified authorities’ have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism – being radicalised – when exercising their functions. Young people continue to make up a disproportionately high number of those arrested in the UK for terrorist-related offence and therefore, the Government sees that schools must be vigilant and aware of the risk this poses.
There are several aspects to this that establishments should consider, many of which are outside of the realm of employment law. However, the Prevent guidance explains the requirement of an affected body to demonstrate it is willing to undertake Prevent awareness training and other training that could help its employees prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.
This would include ensuring that employees have an understanding of the factors that make people support terrorist related activity; and be able to recognise vulnerability to being drawn into terrorism and be aware of what action to take in response, including make a referral to the appropriate bodies.
The guidance suggests that, as a minimum, a designated Safeguarding Lead undertakes Prevent awareness training and is able to provide advice and support to other members of staff on protecting children from radicalisation.