The Prevent duty
The College has a duty of care to its students and staff. As members of the College, we all share in this.
An important aspect of this involves the provision of support to vulnerable individuals who may be at risk of radicalisation or being drawn into terrorism by an extreme cause, movement or ideology. The College has a legal duty under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act (CTSA) 2015:
This is known as the 'Prevent duty'.
Extremism is defined by the Government as:
"the vocal or active opposition to our fundamental values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and the mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We also regard calls for the death of members of our armed forces as extremist."
If you have a concern that someone may be at risk please follow the Referral of Concerns procedure.
The College offers Prevent Awareness training to key staff and the Imperial College Union. This is updated and delivered annually:
Download the College's PowerPoint Prevent Training slides
External training from JISC:
Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP)
Further information on Prevent and case studies from other universities:
Safe Campus Communities Website
Specific guidance on complying with the duty was issued by the Home Office under s. 29 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act in July 2015:
- Revised Prevent duty guidance: for England and Wales (pdf)
- Prevent duty guidance: for higher education institutions in England and Wales (pdf)
Compliance is monitored by HEFCE. Please refer to its Compliance Framework for further information.