Metanoia and the Prevent duty.
The Government’s Counter –Terrorism and Security Act (2015) contains a duty on specified authorities, including schools, colleges, and universities, to take appropriate measures to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism or extremism and to support those who might be susceptible to radicalisation.
The Metanoia Institute recognises its statutory and moral duty to safeguard the welfare of its students and staff. Protection from the risk of terrorism or involvement in terrorist activity forms part of this safeguarding duty.
The Metanoia Institute is implementing the Prevent duty within the spirit and ethos of our mission statement. The implementation is mindful of our commitment to freedom of speech, which is also a statutory duty, academic freedom and our desire to build an organisational culture and tradition that is inclusive and encouraging of diversity.
In recognition of the above,we have appointed a Prevent lead for the Institute who is also the chair of the Equality and Diversity Committee and have placed our response within the wider remit of The Metanoia Institute’s Equality and Diversity strategy. The additional policies that we have created to fulfil our duty, which includes a ‘safeguarding policy’ and an ‘external speaker’s policy,' should be read in consultation with The Metanoia Institute’s Equality and Diversity policy. All policies are held within The Metanoia Institute Equality and Diversity Manual
The Metanoia Institute has also carried out a wide-ranging risk assessment to determine its capacity to prevent the possible risks of radicalisation or involvement in extremist activity. A Prevent Action Plan has been produced to secure further improvements in mitigating this risk. The Prevent Strategy and Action Plan will be kept under continuous review.
If you have any questions or comments regarding any aspect of The Metanoia Institute’s response to the Prevent Duty, you can contact the Prevent Lead Dr Jane Hunt Jane.email@example.com