Part of our safeguarding duty also includes protecting vulnerable individuals from the risk of radicalisation and extremism. This is called the ‘Prevent Duty’. Prevent is a government initiative aimed at stopping people becoming involved with (radicalised) or supporting violent extremism.
What is Extremism
The government has defined extremism as: “vocal or active opposition to British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs”.
The Assessment and Training Centre will educate our learners about extremism and work together to prevent or stop extremism in our Centre.
What is Radicalisation
The Safeguarding And Radicalisation Research Report August 2017 defines radicalisation as “a process which somebody goes through in order to become involved in extremist activities or terrorism, from a starting point of having no particular strong opinions or being a moderate person through to holding some extremist views, and it can be a process that happens online or in meeting people, and their conversations and their opinions are gradually changed over time”.
Possible signs of radicalisation:
- The individual’s views become increasingly extreme regarding another section of society or government policy.
- They are observed downloading, viewing or sharing extremist propaganda from the web
- They become withdrawn and focused on one ideology
- The individual becomes increasingly intolerant of more moderate views
- The individual may change their appearance, their health may suffer (including mental health) and they may become isolated from family, friends, peers or social groups
- The individual expresses a desire/intent to take part in or support extremist activity
British Values, Equality and Diversity
The Assessment and Training Centre (TATC) upholds and promotes the government’s definition of the fundamental British Values as set out in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
The British values are defined as:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
TATC recognise the important role our Centre can play in helping to prevent people being drawn into terrorism and in providing appropriate advice and support.
TATC has a vital role in ensuring that groups or individuals within the centre are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
TATC seeks to create an environment that:
- enable learners to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
- enable learners to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England;
- further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling learners to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures;
- enable learners land;
- encourage learners to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the centre and to society more widely;
- encourage respect for other people; and
- encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.