The United Kingdom faces a range of terrorist threats. The international threat level in the UK is currently categorized as ‘severe’, meaning that a terrorist attack is a strong possibility.
The Government’s Counter –Terrorism and Security Act (2015) contains a duty on specified authorities, including schools, colleges and universities, to take appropriate measures to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism or extremism and to support those who might be susceptible to radicalisation.
The College recognises its statutory and moral duty to safeguard the welfare of its students and staff. Protection from the risk of terrorism or involvement in terrorist activity forms part of this safeguarding duty. The College has produced a Prevent Strategy setting out how it will exercise its responsibilities in providing this protection. The Strategy complies with Government’s Prevent duty on Further Education Colleges.
The College has also carried out a wide-ranging risk assessment to determine its capacity to prevent the possible risks of radicalization or involvement in extremist activity. A Prevent Action Plan has been produced to secure further improvements in mitigating this risk. The Prevent Strategy and Action Plan will be kept under continuous review, as high priorities for the College.