Student and Staff Wellbeing

Prevent Guidance

At Newcastle University there are many different strands to our wellbeing provision, one of which is to safeguard our students from being drawn into terrorism or being subject to radicalisation. To achieve this, we work closely with external agencies and in line with the Prevent Legislation to create an open and inclusive learning environment, where the wellbeing of our students and colleagues is of upmost concern.

Prevent is one of four work strands which make up the government‘s counter-terrorism strategy:

Pursue – focuses on detecting, investigating and disrupting terrorist threats to the UK and our interests overseas.

Protect – aims to reduce the vulnerability of the UK and UK interests overseas to terrorist attack. This includes aviation security for both cargo and passengers.

Prepare – aims to minimise the impact of any attack, manage any incidence of an ongoing attack and recover quickly and effectively

Prevent – aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism

Prevent will :

  • Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat faced by the UK from those who promote it
  • Prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support
  • Work with a wide range of sectors (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, the internet and health) where there are risks of radicalisation which need to  be addressed

About

Higher education institutions have a duty of care to students, colleagues and visitors. Prevent has introduced a new statutory duty for higher education institutions to have "due regard to the need to prevent individuals from being drawn into terrorism", however this draws upon skills and networks already in place for other areas of safeguarding.

Awareness of Prevent involves an understanding of the strategy itself as well as the wider legal context within which universities must operate including the Education Act (No.2) 1986, the Education Reform Act 1988 and the Equality Act 2010.

Universities must balance a wide-ranging set of responsibilities. Universities are open institutions with a legal obligation to promote and facilitate academic freedom and freedom of speech.  However, these are qualified rights. However, section 31 of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act states, that in meeting the statutory duty, higher education institutions must have particular regard to the duty to ensure freedom of speech  and the importance of academic freedom. 

External Speakers

Newcastle University enjoys an open environment where academic freedom and freedom of speech are fundamental; where debate, challenge and opposing views are encouraged, and where ideas that may be controversial and offensive to some are likely to be expressed. Academic freedom is fundamental to our strategic goals, teaching and research. 

But all freedoms have limits imposed by law, in order to protect the rights and freedoms of others. The rules are neither simple nor always easy to apply, however the University has produced new, and reviewed existing, policies and arrangements linked to the headline OFS requirements. This includes a Code of Practice for Freedom of Speech and a Policy and Code of Conduct for External Speakers

What should I do if I have a concern?

The University views prevent concerns as a wellbeing need. As with any wellbeing concern, if you are worried about a colleague or a student please contact the Wellbeing Consultancy Team. The team will hear your concerns, provide support and advice, and with guidance from the Director of Student Health and Wellbeing and appropriate People Services colleagues, will take any safeguarding action required.

Call 0191 208 3333 or email wellbeingconsultancy@newcastle.ac.uk

For urgent concerns that cannot wait until the next working day please call 0191 208 6666

 

Training

At Newcastle University we encourage everyone to understand the role they can play in keeping us safe. To ensure this we offer training opportunities for our colleagues via our Learning Management System (LMS) and for all members of our University community via the Home Office website.

Please note, only registered Newcastle University colleagues will be able to access and complete the Prevent training on the LMS.

You can find out more information about Prevent and its impact on the Higher Education Community at Safer Campus Communities.