Healthcare staff are well placed to recognise individuals, whether patients or staff, both adults and children, who may be vulnerable and therefore more susceptible to radicalisation by extremists or terrorists. It is fundamental to our ‘duty of care’ and falls within our safeguarding responsibilities and as such, every member of staff has a role to play in protecting and supporting vulnerable individuals who pass through our care.
The Trust is committed to safeguarding children and adults and acknowledges Prevent as a component of the ‘Safeguarding’ agenda. Our policy has more details.
The Prevent Strategy is a cross-Government policy that forms one of the four strands of CONTEST: the United Kingdom’s strategy for counter terrorism. It includes the anti-radicalisation of vulnerable adults and children.
The objectives of this strategy are to:
- Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it
- Prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support
- Work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to address
Prevent is part our safeguarding requirements. We ensure that staff and students are aware of the risks of radicalisation/ involvement in violent or non-violent extremist activities and will support anyone thought to be at risk of becoming involved.
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