Prevent at the University of Stirling

UK universities have a statutory duty, along with all other public bodies in the UK, in terms of the Counter-Terrorism & Security Act 2015, ‘to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’. 

Within universities, the term ‘Prevent’ refers to measures taken to safeguard members of the university community who might be at risk of being drawn into terrorism.

The University of Stirling has established a University Prevent Strategic Group, which has responsibility to ensure the University addresses its statutory duty.

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Prevent Training

 

Members of staff, who contribute to the provision of welfare and pastoral support to students at Stirling, should have sufficient training to be able to recognise vulnerability to being drawn into terrorism and be aware of what actions to take.

The University has worked alongside an external training provider to develop the following online training module - ‘Inclusive, Cohesive and  Safe HE Campuses’.

Please click here to access your online training account http://stir.learnupon.com/.  If the module is not available when you log in to your account, please email Lorna Prince for more information (lorna.prince@stir.ac.uk).

Reporting protocol

 

UK universities have a statutory duty, along with all other public bodies in the UK, in terms of the Counter-Terrorism & Security Act 2015, ‘to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’. 

 

Within universities, the term ‘Prevent’ refers to measures taken to safeguard members of the university community who might be at risk of being drawn into terrorism.

 

Many members of staff contribute to the provision of welfare and pastoral support to students. In cases where students are experiencing difficulties at university, a range of advice and support is available.  This includes Student Support Services and Students’ Union.  This support network is here to provide advice and guidance to all members of staff who engage with students and you are encouraged to make use of them in providing student support.

 

The University does not expect colleagues to make decisions about individuals on their own, without support.  Requirements of the duty are on the institution, not the individual.

 

Staff at the University are requested to utilise the same support channels as they would for any concern regarding a student’s welfare.

 

All staff are encouraged to contact Student Support Services should they have any concerns regarding a students’ welfare. 



Step one

Any member of staff who may have concerns that student might be at risk of being drawn into terrorism is encouraged to have an informal discussion with a senior colleague or line manager within their area who has already been Prevent trained (weblink to a list of WRAP trained staff).


 



Step two

Following stage one, or if a conversation with a trained colleague or line manager is not appropriate, staff are encouraged to have an informal and confidential conversation with the Deputy Head of Student Support Services, (Katie Lee, katie.lee@stir.ac.uk, ext. 6202) or in her absence, the Head of Student Support Services (Jill Stevenson, jill.stevenson@stir.ac.uk, ext. 6802) or the Deputy Secretary (Joanna Morrow, deputy.secretary@stir.ac.uk, ext. 7030).

 

No formal reporting will be undertaken at this stage. 

 

The purpose of this informal conversation will be to share relevant information and to ascertain the extent and nature of staff members’ concerns, the current status of the student, the extent to which they are engaging with the University, etc. 

 

It may be appropriate, at this point, for the Deputy Head of SSS to make enquiries with other areas of the University. For example, with Accommodation Services, Students’ Union, the student’s Personal Tutor or Estates and Campus Services.

 

If, through informal discussion at stage two and follow up investigation, the staff member with concerns and the Deputy Head of SSS consider the student to be at risk, the Deputy Head of SSS will refer the student to the University’s Prevent Strategic Group for formal review and assessment.

 

Through discussion at stage two, it may be there are a number of welfare concerns identified which are not associated with potential for radicalisation; in which case the Deputy Head of SSS will make the necessary internal/ external referrals to ensure the student is offered the most appropriate form of support.

 

The University recognises that the issue of a student at risk from being drawn into terrorism is, in the first instance, a welfare concern.  Student Support Services will continue to offer, the student identified as at risk, support whether the student is referred to the University Prevent Strategic group or not. 



Step three

Prior to formal referral the Deputy Head of Student Support Services will collate all information regarding the student identified as at risk, this may include:

  • Student’s personal and academic profile
  • Nature of concerns
  • Extent of concerns (number of welfare issues, number of areas raising concerns, internal/ external concerns raised)
  • Extent of engagement with the University
  • Advice from Data Protection support regarding disclosure issues
  • Risk Assessment

 

The University Prevent Strategic Group will convene immediately to evaluate all collated information, review the risk assessment, agree on actions and consider the Duty of Care requirements to the student.   

 

This Group will take a decision on whether or not to make an external referral.



Step four

 

The formal Prevent referral process is managed by Police Scotland and the local authority, overseen by the Scottish Preventing Violent Extremism Unit of the Scottish Government. 

 

Prevent is intended to safeguard the individual identified as being at risk of being radicalised.  The Prevent Duty concerns pre-criminal activity.  There are no automatic criminal consequences for an individual who is referred through the Prevent process.  


Data Protection

 

Where you are concerned about the wellbeing of a student, it is reasonable for you to share personal information about the student with a colleague whose role is to provide support.  Should you have concerns regarding sharing personal information, you should take advice from the University’s Data Protection Unit (data.protection@stir.ac.uk).

Contact us

For more information please contact:

Katie Lee, Deputy Head of Student Support Services

katie.lee@stir.ac.uk

01786 466202

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