Both York College and the employer have a legal duty to create a safe environment, protect and safeguard the welfare of the student/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? The College recognises that all students have a right to protection from abuse and York College takes seriously its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of all children, young people and vulnerable adults who come onto the College campus* from neglect and physical, sexual, emotional or financial abuse or other risks. Within this statement the College also recognises that in some circumstances it is students too that can abuse or pose risks.
*- includes any place where College activities are taking place.
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 colleges to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn in to terrorism. Young people and vulnerable groups are particularly targeted by groups who may promote extremist activity, consequently preventing extremism is classed as a safeguarding issue.
Extremism is defined as using violence or systems and processes outside of the rule of law/democracy to further an aim or ideology.
Terrorism is a specific act. It is a method used to further the aims of a particular ideology using fear and violence.
Radicalisation is the process people go through to enable them to support extreme ideologies and acts. We have attached a link with a training activity for you and your student/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.