We have a duty to pay due regard to the Government Prevent strategy. The strategy aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism both domestically and internationally. and this can include extreme right wing views, violent religious ideology or single issue extremism such as animal rights. The strategy seeks to prevent people from using or promoting violent activity as a means of promoting such views. We are committed to working to ensure we exercise our duty of care and to protect the safety and wellbeing of our students. We work closely with Surrey County Council and Surrey Police to promote safety and awareness
The objectives to Prevent are:
- Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat faced 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 which need to be addressed.
We have a legally defined role to secure freedom of speech and to promote academic freedom but as an institution we also have a role to play in protecting students and staff from harm, monitoring resilience towards the threats posed by extremism and therefore ask people to remain alert to changes in students or vulnerabilities which may suggest they may be at risk of radicalisation. Possible examples (but not an exhaustive list) of what to look out for include:
- The distribution of leaflets or display of posters that carry potentially extremist messages
- Extremist group meetings
- Access to extremist or terrorism promotional videos or websites.
If you have any questions please contact us