Prevent

Keeping apprentices safe

At the AMRC Training Centre, we take our responsibility to ensure the safety of all Apprentice very seriously. Our approach is to embed the British Values, the Equality Act and the Prevent Duty within the day to day life of apprentices. We have a duty of care to ensure the safety of all Apprentices. We work in line with government policies such as Working Together to Safeguard Children and OFSTED standards and regulations. 
 

Prevent

Safeguarding is the overarching term used to describe the protection of health, well-being and human rights of individuals. Under legislation, all parties involved in an apprenticeship must take reasonable action to minimise risks to apprentices, identify risks where there are vulnerable individuals and take appropriate action.

Many areas are considered to fall under the definition of safeguarding such as:

  • Abuse
  • Bullying
  • Discrimination
  • Mental health
  • Racism
  • Radicalisation and extremism

Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a duty on certain bodies, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. As a Training Organisation, The AMRC Training Centre has a duty to comply with Prevent.

  • The Prevent strategy, published by the Government in 2011, is part of the UK’s overall counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST.
  • The aim is to reduce the threat to the UK from terrorism by stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. It deals with all forms of terrorism and with non-violent extremism, which can create an atmosphere conducive to terrorism and can popularise views which terrorists then exploit.

There is no single way of identifying who is likely to be vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism. Factors that have a bearing on someone becoming vulnerable may include:

  • Loneliness or isolation.
  • Pressure from persons linked to extremism
  • Victim or witness to race or religious hate crime.
  • Conflict with family over religious beliefs/lifestyle/politics.
  • Recent extremist religious conversions.
  • Change in behaviour or appearance due to new influence.
  • Under-achievement.
  • Possession of literature related to extreme views.
  • Experience of poverty, disadvantage or social exclusion.
  • Extremist influences.
  • A series of traumatic events global, national or personal.

The process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism leading to terrorism

The Government has defined extremism in the Prevent Duty 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. We also include in our definition of extremism calls for the death of members of our armed services”.

An important part of Prevent is the promotion of British Values. These are the norms that shape our society and which are enshrined in law, through legislation such as the Equality Act 2010. British Values are described as:

  • Democracy will include encouraging apprentices to take part in democratic processes and understand how democracy influences all our lives e.g. through laws.
  • The rule of law will include encouraging apprentices to research health and safety laws which regulate industry or review the health and safety processes relevant to their work.
  • Individual liberty will include encouraging apprentices to discuss the extent that this exists or is limited by regulation.
  • Mutual respect and tolerance will include encouraging apprentices to respect other people with particular regard to the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010.
  • Equality Act 2010 

All employers with apprentices or students on placement should exemplify British values through their behaviour and practice with students, colleagues and other people they interact with through their work. This includes:

  • demonstrating and promoting tolerance and mutual respect as part of their Equality duty,
  • Complying with the Equality duty as set out in the Equality Act 2010 to prevent discrimination against people with protected characteristics.


As an education training provider, it is the AMRC Training Centres duty to ensure:

  • That trainers and staff are aware of their safeguarding obligations, through guidance and training.
  • Apprentices have an awareness of safeguarding and understand how to access support services.
  • Safeguarding training for all staff who work with apprentices is provided.
  • Safeguarding officers are appointed to coordinate safeguarding across the organisation.
  • Apprentices are safe online by assessing how they may be at risk of harm using internet or technology.
  • Promotion of British Values throughout the apprentice programme.
  • Apprentices are encouraged to respect each other and their differences with regards to Equality Act 2010.
  • Staff and employees are alert to the signs of vulnerability and are able to take appropriate action through Prevent & Safeguarding officers. If appropriate, the vulnerable individual will be discussed with the Regional Prevent Coordinator which may involve referral to the Channel.

If you are concerned about personal safety contact the police 999 or 101 or

Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789 321
Crime Stoppers 0800 555 111


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