Your Commitment to Learners

Employer's role and responsibilities

Health and Safety, Safeguarding and Prevent

  • comply with health and safety, safeguarding and Prevent Duty legislation
  • comply with equality and diversity legislation
  • ensure the health and safety, safeguarding and welfare of apprentices and bring your policy statement to their attention
  • provide initial and ongoing health and safety, safeguarding and Prevent training in the workplace for apprentices
  • inform the apprentice about who is responsible for health and safety and safeguarding matters within the company (including Prevent)
  • demonstrate your commitment to equality and diversity in the workplace
  • ensure equality and diversity in selection, recruitment and learning activities
  • ensure that apprentices are treated fairly and equally
  • make sure that apprentices are not bullied, harassed or made to feel unwelcome in the workplace
  • explain to apprentices what to do if they have a complaint about the way they are treated
  • provide necessary protective clothing
  • report any accidents concerning apprentices immediately to us
  • assess the risks to which apprentices are exposed at work and apply the general principles of prevention
  • introduce and maintain appropriate measures to eliminate or control risks to the lowest reasonable practicable level
  • ensure apprentices are properly supervised by a competent person
  • ensure that apprentices are covered under public and employer’s liability insurance

Safeguarding - An Introduction for Employers

At Geason Training, we are dedicated to ensure all employees and apprentices are safe and free from harm. Safeguarding is an all-encompassing term used to describe many aspects of keeping our apprentices and their skills trainers safe and includes:

  • health, safety and wellbeing
  • child protection
  • protection of adults at risk
  • bullying, harassment and discrimination, including racial abuse
  • abuse and neglect
  • safety from sexual exploitation, female genital mutilation and forced marriage
  • alcohol, drug and substance misuse
  • E-safety, including all aspects of electronic communication
  • financial exploitation
  • protecting people from radicalisation and extremism
  • the security and safety of the Training Centres or places of learning

Geason Training will work with employers and apprentices to promote a safe environment for everyone, whether they are based at a training provider training centre, on a visit or in the workplace.
You will be provided with a full safeguarding procedure upon completion of apprenticeship inductions. Please contact Geason Training if you have any questions or concerns.

Prevent and British Values - An Introduction for Employers

As part of our commitment to this partnership between Geason Training and yourselves, this section is provided to make sure that you have the information you need about the Prevent

What do you AS AN EMPLOYER need to know?

The context 

 According to the government and security services, the UK is ‘highly likely’ to suffer a terrorist attack.  The current threat level is ‘severe’.  Media reports of young people leaving their studies to become involved in terrorism, either here in Britain or overseas, have led to increased concerns about radicalisation and extremism in the further education and training sector.

The Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 has introduced the Prevent Duty for various bodies including all FE training providers, adult education providers and independent learning providers with SFA funding or with over 250 learners enrolled.   Employers cannot simply view this duty as a list of conditions to comply with and just adopt a ‘tick-box’ approach. This goes against the spirit of the government’s guidance which seeks to promote meaningful ways to reduce the specific risks of radicalisation and extremism for learners and the local community.

Prevent

Prevent is the Government’s strategy to stop people becoming involved in violent extremism, or supporting terrorism, in all its forms. Prevent works within the non-criminal space, using early engagement to encourage individuals and communities to challenge violent extremist ideologies and behaviours.  

Radicalisation is defined as the process by which people come to support terrorism and extremism and, in some cases, to then participate in terrorist groups.

The government has defined extremism in the Prevent Duty 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”.  This also includes calls for the death of members of the British armed forces. 

Channel is an early intervention process operated by a panel of multi-agency partners with specific knowledge and expertise who collectively assess the risk posed to vulnerable people and prevent them from being drawn into violent extremist or terrorist behaviour. Channel works in a similar way to existing safeguarding partnerships aimed at protecting vulnerable people and is designed to work with individuals of any age who are at risk of being exploited by extremist or terrorist ideologies. The process is shaped around the circumstances of each person and can provide support for any form of radicalisation or personal vulnerabilities. Channel interventions are delivered through local partners and specialist agencies.

The support may focus on a person’s vulnerabilities around health, education, employment or housing, as well as specialist mentoring or faith guidance and broader diversionary activities such as sport.  Each support package is tailored to the person and their particular circumstances. 

Referrals come from a wide range of partners including education, health, youth offending teams, police and social services but anyone can make a referral. 

Although this list is not exhaustive, identification of concerns which might lead to a referral include:

  • an expression of views which discriminate against protected groups or individuals
  • third party reports of concerns about behaviour e.g. plans to travel abroad or extremist activities
  • evidence of discriminate treatment of other groups or individuals
  • evidence of bullying behaviour or harassment
  • evidence of non-compliance with the provider’s expectations of behaviour
  • possessing and/or accessing extremist materials
  • evidence of family concerns about a person’s vulnerability to extremism
  • expression of extremist views including on Facebook
  • use of extremist language 
  • threats of violence

As employers you will have regular direct contact with your employees and may get to know them well.  You may witness activity and behaviour or receive information which other staff are not privy to.  If you believe that someone is vulnerable to being exploited or radicalised, please contact the Geason Training Designated Safeguarding Officer to escalate your concerns.  The Safeguarding Officer can then raise those concerns to Channel if they feel it necessary to do so; however, if in doubt, report your concerns.

From 1st July 2015, employers have a duty to actively promote fundamental British values; these were first set out by the government in the ‘Prevent’ strategy in 2011.  Ofsted include an assessment of its implementation in their inspections. 

Equality and Diversity - An Introduction for Employers

Geason Training is committed to the elimination of both direct and indirect discrimination and continuously seeks to actively implement positive policies to promote equality of opportunity in all of its practices and activities and aims to establish an inclusive culture free from discrimination, harassment, and radicalisation and based upon the values of dignity, courtesy and respect.   This is reflected in our recruitment practices where we welcome applications from all persons regardless of sex, marital status, race, disability, colour, age, sexual orientation, nationality or ethnic origin. We aim to treat apprentices fairly and equally during their training programmes and ensure that they know what to do if they have a complaint. We trust that your commitment to ensuring equality and diversity will be the same as ours.

Geason Training will support and develop your employees and apprentices through providing all with access to facilities, personal and career development opportunities, employment and learning on the basis of equality.

Geason Training is committed to eliminating discrimination and advancing equality on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief (including lack of belief), sex and sexual orientation and to fostering good relations between different groups.

Discrimination is now covered in the Equality Act 2010; this legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society. It replaced previous anti-discrimination laws with a single Act, making the law easier to understand and strengthening protection in some situations. It sets out the different ways in which it is unlawful to treat someone. 

British Values - An Introduction for Employers

British values are defined as "democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs"; institutions are expected to encourage learners to respect other people with particular regard to the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010.

What is the duty of the employer with regard to prevent and british values?

Employers should:

  • ensure that risk assessments and associated action plans are of high quality and cover all aspects of the ‘Prevent’ duty
  • ensure that learners have a good understanding of British values and the risks and threats of radicalisation and extremism
  • provide staff training that is aligned to job roles and evaluate this to measure its impact across the organisation
  • refer to the ‘Prevent’ duty explicitly in IT policies and procedures, closely monitor learners’ use of IT facilities to identify inappropriate usage, and work with Geason Training and external agencies for additional support, information and intelligence 

N.B. Jisc provides guidance and support to further education and skills providers in writing IT policies and in developing firewalls for computer systems. Jisc also has a Computer Security Incident Response Team who can provide assistance in the event of an online incident occurring. (www.jisc.ac.uk)

  • develop stronger and more supportive links and actively engage with partners, including the police and BIS ‘Prevent’ coordinators

For further information go to the Education and Training Foundation Prevent website.

 

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