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The Prevent Duty

Under the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (‘the Act’) relevant higher education bodies (RHEBs) must have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. This is known as the Prevent Duty

The aim of the Prevent strategy is to reduce the threat to the UK from all forms of terrorism by stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

HEFCE Return April 2016


HEFCE Return December 2016


Briefing Materials and Online Training

To help and support staff in understanding the PREVENT duty and the responsibility that Higher Education Institutions have in supporting the Government’s agenda we have downloaded some HE specific Prevent materials.  The materials are the result of a HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) - commissioned LFHE (leadership Foundation for Higher Education) project to support Relevant Higher Education Bodies (RHEBs) in implementing the Prevent Statutory Duty that came into force on 18th September 2015.

  • An Introduction to PreventThis is intended for all staff to understand the nature of the Prevent statutory duty as it affects higher education.

  • Freedom of speech and academic freedom: implementing the Prevent duty and upholding the principles of academic freedom and freedom of speech – This is particularly relevant for staff responsible for applying policies on external speakers and for managing events involving external speakers.

The LFHE have also produced a module on safeguarding, pastoral care and student support.

For staff who work directly with students and visitors, who require a more detailed introduction to Prevent, JISC have developed a Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP). It is accredited by the Home Office and is delivered as a live online facilitated session which last for around 2 hours. The workshop provides an introduction to Prevent, and has been developed to raise awareness of and explain Prevent within the wider safeguarding context. It will help staff working with students to notice and raise concerns when potentially vulnerable individuals are at risk.