Working Together with Prevent

Date Created: 14th Mar 2018

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We have designed our new ‘Working Together with Prevent’ course to take the fear out of the Prevent agenda, and help you begin to apply it to your own policies and practice. But what is the Prevent duty, and why is it important that those in the arts and cultural sector undertake training? Trainer Lesley Wood looks at this in further detail:

Prevent is part of the government’s counter terrorism strategy, designed to provide an introduction to risks of radicalisation and the roles involved in supporting those at risk. It is recommended that all organisations working to support children and young people undertake Prevent training, and there is a free e-learning training package available on the government website.

Despite the free government training, many organisations working with the arts, cultural and heritage sectors have expressed confusion around how to implement Prevent within their settings. Our sector works with children and young people in a wide range of contexts, and understanding which steps needs to be taken to ensure compliance, report concerns and share the British Values at the heart of Prevent isn’t straightforward. It is everyone’s responsibility to protect young people from exploitation and radicalization – but how can we build confidence in our sectors’ ability to form part of the solution?

Our course is designed to take the fear out of the Prevent agenda so you can begin to confidently apply it in your own setting. Ensuring all staff are trained and up to date on the Prevent duty is key to this. As well as giving you a full update on the Prevent Duty, our course offers enhanced safeguarding training to help you begin to embed Prevent within your organisations Child Protection and Safeguarding Policies.

Many professionals in our sector have reported feeling disorientated and torn between the notion of ‘British Values’ and our commitment to creating inclusive environments with and for young people to thrive in. How do we begin to create a balance to ensure we are protecting the children and young people we work with? Over the course of our training we will explore what we mean by “British Values” in the context of our work and how we can embed them within the work that we do, including Equality & Diversity policies, to create an inclusive and supportive environment.

This course is designed to address fears and reservations and instil confidence in participants when it comes to working with the Prevent Duty, so the arts and cultural sector can continue to promote wellbeing, support early intervention and divert young people away from being drawn in to terrorist activity.

Working Together with Prevent takes place in Gateshead on Thursday 19 April, and London on Tuesday 25 September.

The London date can also be booked as part of Artswork Essentials – a package of three courses that will provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding of their rights and responsibilities when it comes to protecting the young people they work with from harm, and enhancing their experience for the better. More information can be found here.

Find out more about Artswork’s Professional Development programme.

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