As university leaders, individual Vice-Chancellors must ensure their institution complies with the Prevent statutory duty. There are various resources in place to support them to do this: of particular relevance is the e-learning module available in the Safe Campus Communities training section entitled Module 2: The Leadership Challenge – Implications for Governing Bodies and Senior Leaders.
The Prevent duty guidance tasks Vice-Chancellors explicitly with achieving active engagement with other partners such as the police and regional Prevent co-ordinators. The guidance also expects that students are consulted and engaged on their plans for implementing the duty. Leaders are expected to ensure institutions deliver internal partnerships, external partnerships, effective risk assessment and action planning. Within the Safe Campus Communities training section there is a relevant module to achieving this entitled Module 6: Risk Assessment and Action Planning – Ensuring a Proportionate Response. If institutions fail to comply with this duty formal action could be potentially taken by the Secretary of State.
More widely, compliance with prevent requires both appropriate policies and procedures in place to the meet the expectations of the Prevent guidance and that these procedures are properly followed and applied. Compliance in England is monitored by HEFCE, and interested staff may find the HEFCE monitoring section of Safe Campus Communities a useful overview of this process. Institutions should ensure they are reporting any serious Prevent-related incidents to their monitoring body.
The Safe Campus Communities resource page also hosts a variety of radicalisation research papers and case studies. these may be of use to gain insight in to some of the issues around radicalisation and to offer examples of best practice.