Prevent duty


We are committed to safeguarding the welfare of our students, apprentices and staff and to meeting our duties under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 and the UK Government's associated Prevent strategy.

Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a legal duty on “specified authorities”, which includes universities, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. For guidance, please see statutory guidance: revised Prevent duty guidance: for England and Wales.

Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility

If you have a concern, pass it on. Contact our Safeguarding Leads.

What to do if you are concerned

You might notice a change in a person's behaviour that is cause for concern. You may think they are at potential risk of exploitation by radicalisers. Regardless of who you are, you must share these concerns with a Safeguarding Lead. 

  1. Have you noticed a change in behaviour, perspective or opinion that may cause concern? Have they stopped engaging with their studies, or have they become withdrawn or isolated? Are they experiencing bullying or harassment? Or perhaps someone has told you something that could constitute abuse, harm or vulnerability to radicalisation?

    Consider the following:

    • Has someone shared information with you that is of concern? Does something not ‘feel right’?
    • What have you noticed? Consider whether someone is at risk of harm or abuse.
    • Who was involved?
    • Does the incident relate to local, national or international events or news stories?
    • Why do you feel the individual is vulnerable?
    • Are there any other vulnerabilities or concerns that make the individual at risk of radicalisation?
  2. Seek clarity and consider the following:

    • Was it a one-off comment, behaviour change or incident that was out of context for the individual? Has the individual concerned been spoken with? If so, what explanation do they offer and has further information come to light? If not, what are the reasons for this?
    • Do you know if there have been similar concerns before?
    • Is the concern Prevent duty related?
    • Does the individual need extra support or are they already in receipt of support?

    If there is immediate concern, call 999. Then report to one of our safeguarding leads by calling +44 (0) 1772 893020.

    For out of hours concerns, the security team are available 24 hours a day on +44 (0) 1772 892068.

    For students, apprentices and staff, the Safezone App is available to download to access support and assistance.

  3. Report any genuine concerns as soon as possible. You should never investigate yourself.

    Have you carried out the appropriate checks? Share your concerns by passing the information to our Operational/Principal Safeguarding Leads.

    Share your concerns in full, including:

    • What was said or observed.
    • When it was noticed.
    • Who said it.
    • A description of the concerning behaviour, incident or comment.

    Also share if there have been any similar or historical concerns you are aware of.

    The Operational/Principal Safeguarding Leads will determine next steps. They will organise external referrals, as appropriate.

    For safeguarding queries, support or advice, you can email our Operational/Principal Safeguarding and Prevent Leads. Or, please call +44 (0) 1772 893020.

Frequently asked questions about Prevent duty