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.
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.
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 Have they stopped engaging with their studies, or have they become withdrawn or isolated?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?
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.