The Prevent Duty

What is ‘Prevent’?

We all have responsibilities to ensure the safety and well-being of ourselves, our friends and family and our community.  The College now has a legal duty to highlight the dangers of radicalisation and involvement with violent extremist ideas.  The Government call this the 'Prevent Duty'.  The duty for Colleges and Universities was confirmed on 18 September 2015 and it is included within our Safeguarding responsibilities.  We are conscious to balance this with our responsibility to promote freedom of expression. It is not about preventing students 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 government defined extremism in 2011 as ‘vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs'. They also include in the definition 'calls for the death of members of our armed forces, whether in this country or overseas'.

Radicalisation refers to the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and extremist ideologies associated with terrorist groups.

In College, all our members of staff now have mandatory training on this statutory Prevent Duty.  Our Personal Tutors are using resources developed by Kent Police and Kent University, to highlight to their students, the dangers of radicalisation and in particular online grooming.

If you have any concerns about a New College student, please contact the College and ask to speak to a member of the Safeguarding Team.
You can report terrorism related content to the police’s Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit at

Contacting the Safeguarding Team

For students based in Swindon, several safeguarding officers can be found in the Student Services area at the back of the restaurant, in our main building off Queens Drive – start in BG13. 

You can also contact us by telephone on 01793 732817 or by email: