Henley College Coventry has a statutory and moral duty to ensure that the College prioritises safeguarding and promotes the welfare of young people and other vulnerable groups receiving education and training at the College.
The College has a Safeguarding Policy and Anti-Bullying Policy to help ensure the safety and protection of all learners from forms of abuse. These policies also form part of the College’s drive to promote equality and diversity and eliminate discrimination.
In implementing its Safeguarding Policy, the College works together with local services and professionals to safeguard and promote the welfare of our learners, including the Coventry Safeguarding Children Board.
The College’s safeguarding contacts are:
Debbie Wright, Assistant Principal Personnel and Equalities
Frances Gibbons, Safeguarding Manager
Maria Crompton, Director of Student Services and Learner Engagement
The Prevent Duty
The Prevent Duty is part of the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy. It complements other statutory safeguarding guidance and places a statutory responsibility on the College to tackle radicalisation and extremism and promote fundamental British values.
Key aspects of the Duty include:
- Ensuring that those working with young people understand the risk of radicalisation, and recognise vulnerabilities that might lead people towards extremism
- Being aware of how to share concerns, and the support available to respond to vulnerability
- Building the resilience of young people to extremism, for example by encouraging awareness of on-line safety and appreciation of fundamental British values.
Within the Prevent duty fundamental British values are defined as ‘democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs’. Extremism is defined as ‘vocal or active opposition’ to these British values. The definition of extremism also includes calls for the death of members of the British armed forces.
The duty places a number of responsibilities on the College. In order to ensure that any concerns are recognised and responded to appropriately, the key expectations outlined in the statutory guidance are that the College self-assesses and identifies the level of risk; that all staff have access to training; that there is welfare support for learners; and that there are effective IT policies in place.
As part of the self-assessment of potential risk, the College has prepared a risk assessment. This identifies the potential areas of vulnerability/risk, and the action(s) to be taken, or which are already in place, to mitigate the risk. It is a key mechanism by which the College ensures that it complies with the Prevent Duty, and it is regularly reviewed and updated.
For further information, please contact Debbie Wright, Assistant Principal Personnel and Equalities and Prevent lead: