Prevent and anti-radicalisation policy

October 2018  Review date: October 2019



BSMI is committed to providing a safe environment for its students, employees and all third parties involved in running the day-to-day operation of the college. BSMI is subject to a duty under section 26 of the counter-terrorism and security act 2015, preventing people from being drawn into terrorism. This policy is written to help prevent children and adults from the risk of radicalisation and suggests what actions need to be taken towards the prevent duty.

The Prevent Duty:

BSMI recognizes that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility irrespective of their position at the college or whether their role has direct contact with students or not. As part of the prevent duty, it is also very important that all staff are able to identify adults and children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation and know what to do when identified. BSMI is dedicated to promoting fundamental British values among its students enabling them to challenge extremist views. This will not stop students debating controversial issues, however, it will provide a safe space for students in which they understand the risks associated with terrorism.

All the teachers and academics at BSMI will prevent radicalisation through their day-to-day duties, which will involve the following practices;

  • At BSMI, teachers will provide a balanced curriculum equipping students with the skills and knowledge required for critical thinking so that students will understand and become tolerant of difference and diversity.
  • From the first day students arrive at BSMI, the college promotes equality and diversity in its induction presentation. This clearly demonstrates the values of BSMI and the UK by informing students about the equal, tolerant and diverse society in which they are part of. It also talks about religious observance and says students will not be penalised if they wish to visit a religious place of worship during lesson times.
  • The curriculum will promote British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, tolerance of different faiths and religions.
  • Any prejudiced, discriminatory and extremist views including derogatory language by students or staff will be challenged and dealt with appropriately referring to the disciplinary procedures both for students and staff.
  • Teachers will promote mutual respect and understanding through the use of dialogue not intimidation as a form of conflict resolution.

As part of wider safeguarding responsibilities, academic staff will be alert to:

  • Graffiti symbols, writing or artwork promoting extremist messages or images.
  • Pupils accessing extremist material online, including those through social networking sites.
  • Parental and host family reports of changes in behaviour, friendship or actions and requests for assistance.
  • Local authority services and police reports of issues affecting students in other academies, colleges or settings.
  • Students voicing opinions drawn from extremist ideologies and narratives.
  • Use of extremist or ‘hate’ terms to exclude others or incite violence
  • Intolerance of difference, whether secular or religious or, in line with our equalities policy, views based on, but not exclusive to, gender, disability, homophobia, race, colour or culture.
  • Attempts to impose extremist views or practices on others.
  • Anti-Western or Anti-British views.

Risk Assessments:

BSMI will assess the risks of students being drawn into extremist’s views, radicalisation and effectively terrorism. The risk assessment will demonstrate a general understanding of the risks affecting especially young learners and how to identify individual young learners who may be at risk of radicalisation and what to do to support them. It is very important for all staff to identify risk so that they can respond to it appropriately. BSMI is also aware of the risks attached to online radicalisation through the use of social media and the Internet.

At BSMI, safeguarding measures is widened in the context of prevention and radicalisation policy ensuring that all staff should be alert to changes in students behaviour which could indicate they may need further protection. Students exposed to radicalisation and extremist views may display different signs and seek to hide their views. BSMI staff should use their professional judgement on the matter of concern and inform the Welfare officer, Tracie Panesar-Dower, immediately. General safeguarding principles apply to keep children safe from the risk of radicalisation.

Staff Training:

Designated Safeguarding Lead, Tracie Panesar-Dower, will provide Prevent Awareness Training in the light of the risk assessments carried out by BSMI. The aim of the training is to provide advice and support to all the members of staff on protecting adults and children from the risk of radicalisation. Although the prevent duty will cover all principles and procedures within the Safeguarding policy, the wider use of the policy will be implemented to identify the risks related to radicalisation.

What to do if you have a concern:

If a member of staff in a college has a concern about a particular student, they should follow the college’s normal safeguarding procedures, including discussing with the college’s designated safeguarding lead.

Depending on the nature of the concern, the matter can also be shared with the Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs), who are responsible for promoting the welfare of the children in the local areas. LCBSs guidance indicating when a child or young person might be referred for support.

Child being at immediate risk of harm or a security incident .The matter of concern can also be discussed with the local police (Dial 101 – the non-emergency number) for further support and advice. The Department for Education has dedicated a telephone helpline (020 7340 7264) to enable staff to raise concerns relating to extremism directly. Concerns can also be raised by email to

Please note that the helpline is not intended for use in emergency situations, such as a, in which case the normal emergency procedures should be followed.

Policy Monitoring and Review:

This policy is adopted in line with BSMI’s overall duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of young and adult students. The policy will be reviewed every two years and may be amended in accordance with any new legislation or guidance in response to any quality assurance recommendations involving the delivery of this policy. The effectiveness of the policy will be evaluated by monitoring the staff’s understanding and application of the procedures mentioned within this policy and the safeguarding policy.