Prevent policy

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The aim of this policy is to raise awareness of the national ‘Prevent’ agenda in relation to our work, linked to the welfare of our staff, learners and partners.

Although not primarily an education establishment the Open Data Institute (ODI) as an institute works with, and offers training to, those in the education field on matters related to open data. 

The ODI recognises its responsibility when working with other organisations, specifically in learning and development, to recognise signals (such as language) related to extremism and report concerns.

The ODI will understand, and normally defer to, the Prevent policies of those it works with.

Aim

The aim of this policy is to raise awareness of the national ‘Prevent’ agenda in relation to our work, linked to the welfare of our staff, learners and Partners. This policy is written with reference to the Prevent Duty contained within Section 26 of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015

Scope

The scope of this policy is:

  1. Everyone at the ODI in terms of awareness of the government’s Prevent agenda
  2. ODI trainers in delivering our training programmes
  3. Those the ODI works with who require a Prevent policy/strategy but
    • Do not have a Prevent policy of their own, or where
    • The ODI feels does not have a robust enough Prevent approach

Policy detail

ODI staff will be informed of the Prevent agenda and policy.

ODI staff will be required to complete e-learning on Prevent, if they are in positions where application of the policy may be required (https://www.elearning.prevent.homeoffice.gov.uk/edu/screen1.html).

ODI staff are to be mindful of language and behaviours that raise concerns about possible extremism and/or terrorism.

ODI staff will have a clear reporting channel should they become concerned about people being drawn into terrorism.

ODI staff will be protected and supported should they report concerns about extremism and/ terrorism.

Any risk assessments required will be signed off by a member of the Senior Management Team.

Associated policies

This policy should be read in conjunction with the ODI Whistleblowing Policy.

Guidance

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/prevent-duty-guidance