Our Prevent Strategy

TLE is committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being of apprentices and colleagues. We are committed to providing a caring and safe environment where all can participate in learning in a relaxed and secure way.  TLE will ensure all programmes of learning promote democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs. These values were first set out by the government in the ‘Prevent’ strategy in 2011. TLE will encourage students to respect other people with particular regard to the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010. All colleagues are required to have read the Virgin Care Prevent Policy and attended Prevent Wrap3 training in line with the Prevent training and Competency Guidelines 2015. 

The Prevent Duty is not about preventing apprentices and other learners from having political and religious views and concerns but about supporting them to use those concerns or act on them in non-extremist ways.

The majority of colleagues are adults but TLE is cognizant that learners may be aged 16 to 18 years and as such child safeguarding policies will be relevant. Working in the health and social care sector may place learners in complex and stressful situations which may make them more vulnerable to radicalisation. TLE and work based facilitators are encouraged to consider the pastoral needs of apprentices and this forms part of the induction for new workplace facilitators.  Signposting for pastoral support services including the My Wellness platform on JAM (the Virgin Care Intranet) is facilitated through Virgin Care’s People Team.   JAM provides a number of information and guidance documents and links to advice and training related to the Prevent strategy.

The Prevent policy directly relates Revised Prevent duty guidance: for England and Wales and should be read in conjunction with the Virgin Care Safeguarding (adult and child), Equality and Diversity and Acceptable Use, Dignity and Respect, Freedom to Speak up, Complaints Policies available on JAM.

Our Legal Responsibilities under the Prevent Duty

TLE Colleagues will:

  • have undertaken training in the Prevent Duty as identified by Virgin Care and understand what radicalisation and extremism is and why it is important to be vigilant

  • be aware of when and to whom they should refer concerns about students, learners or colleagues

  • act in a way that demonstrates British values in their work. British values are defined as "democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs or none".

We will ensure this by:

  • encouraging apprentices, learners and colleagues to share their views and recognise they are entitled to have different beliefs but these must not be used to influence others.

  • promoting British Values appropriately in all training materials.

  • reporting concerns immediately to the designated safeguarding lead or the police if a person is at risk, allegations are made against colleagues or a crime has been committed.

  • building confidence, self-esteem and respect for others will reduce the risk of those most vulnerable to radicalisation.

  • briefing all apprentices during induction about using the internet and social media safely and how to report any concerns or upsetting content. Virgin Care has an Acceptable Use policy.

  • Virgin Care bars access to websites considered to have inappropriate content 

  • monitoring uptake of statutory and mandatory training including Prevent WRAP3 and this is reported to the Virgin Care executive board quarterly.

The Organisational Prevent Lead

The National Lead for Safeguarding Adults has overarching responsibility for Prevent Glynis Wiltshire Contact details: Mob: 07919 046879  Glynis.Wiltshire@virgincare.co.uk

Dr Peter Taylor is the Virgin Care executive lead for Virgin Care.

Tracy Harman is the Designated Safeguarding Officer for The Learning Enterprise tracy.harman@virgincare.co.uk 07974 218479

Deena Thompson is the Prevent Lead for The Learning Enterprise  deena.thompson@virgincare.co.uk 07966161700

Last modified: Monday, 29 June 2020, 11:12 AM