Safeguarding and Prevent Newsletter – Issue 17

Welcome to the seventeenth edition of the Creative Alliance Safeguarding and prevent Newsletter. Our Newsletter is produced every quarter, distributed to all Creative Alliance learners, employers and staff and is intended to raise awareness of Safeguarding, Prevent, British Values and how to keep learners safe and create a positive working environment.

At Creative Alliance we want to provide all our stakeholders with key information, advice and guidance on how to access support for themselves as learners, as employers or as members of our staff.

Our previous safeguarding and prevent newsletter focused upon a range of topics including Mental Health, Self-Gaslighting and the latest Safeguarding updates.

This edition looks at understanding Prevent, the embedding of British Values and Prevent into learning, Neurodiversity Celebration Week 18th – 24th March and Stress Awareness Month in April.

Understanding Prevent

View the Government Prevent Duty Guidance

What is it?

This is the UK government’s approach to the threat of terrorism.

Combatting extremism in the UK, or any country for that matter, requires a comprehensive and multi-faceted approach that addresses both the root causes and the manifestations of extremism. This resource outlines some strategies that can be considered

Understanding Prevent

Prevent is part of the Government counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST, and aims to stop people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

Prevent focuses on all forms of terrorism and operates in a pre-criminal space. It provides support and redirection to vulnerable individuals at risk of being groomed into terrorist activity before any crimes are committed.

Radicalisation is comparable to other forms of exploitation and a safeguarding issue we must all be aware of.

Threat levels in the UK

The government created a system of five threat levels representing the likelihood of an attack. You must be aware of which level is in place at any one time:

  • Critical – attack expected imminently
  • Severe – attack highly likely
  • Substantial – attack is a strong possibility
  • Moderate – attack possible but not likely
  • Low – an attack is unlikely.

You can find the current threat level below:

Threat level chart
Preventing Radicalisation

By learning more about extremism, we will be in a better place to help identify individuals at risk of radicalisation and provide them with counselling, mentoring, and support. As a nation, we must also train teachers, tutors, coaches, and community workers to recognise signs of radicalisation.

Creating programs that engage young people in positive activities, such as sports, arts, and community service, to provide alternatives to extremist recruitment.

What is Channel?

Channel is part of the Prevent strategy. The process is a multi-agency approach to identify and provide support to individuals at risk of being drawn into terrorism.

To discuss with your Development Coach
  1. At work, it is very important to raise any concerns you may have where someone may be drawn into terrorism. How do you do this in your workplace?
  2. Discuss any training you may have received at work to help you understand what to do if there was a terror attack. Tell me about a key learning point. If you didn’t have any training, why was this?

Educate against Hate: Embedding British Values and Prevent into learning

Educate Against Hate launched their new and improved calendar for the 2023/24 academic year. The calendar looks at the year ahead and highlights key awareness days and months, important anniversaries, and other opportunities to conduct conversations with learners around extremism and radicalisation. Each date has a list of relevant resources, tools and practical advice to support education providers in engaging with learners and building their resilience to extremism.

Where to find it

The calendar is available as a webpage, a printable PDF and as an iCalendar so Creative Alliance staff will be adding the dates to their diary and facilitating discussions with our learners.

New Extremism Definition

Extremism is the promotion or advancement of an ideology based on violence, hatred or intolerance, that aims to:

  1. negate or destroy the fundamental rights and freedoms of others; or
  2. undermine, overturn or replace the UK’s system of liberal parliamentary democracy and democratic rights; or
  3. intentionally create a permissive environment for others to achieve the results in (1) or (2).

The threat from extremism has been steadily growing for many years. While the government and its partners have worked hard to combat this threat, the pervasiveness of extremist ideologies in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Israel on 7 October 2023 highlighted the need for further action.

This new definition of extremism adds to the tools to tackle this ever-evolving threat. This is in line with the first duty of government – to keep our citizens safe and our country secure. The definition updates the one set out in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and reflects the evolution of extremist ideologies and the social harms they create.

Neurodiversity Celebration Week

Neurodiversity logo

Read our blog that goes into depth around Neurodiversity in the workplace.

Neurodiversity Celebration Week in 2024 is from the 18th to the 24th of March, and it’s the perfect opportunity for us to learn more about and celebrate all the unique strengths that neurodiversity offers.

According to the World Health Organisation and other researchers, it’s estimated that between 15% to 20% of people have some form of neurodivergence. And, despite it being so widespread, many neurodivergent individuals hide their unique traits from their employers out of shame, lack of understanding, or a fear of being treated unfairly.

Fortunately, we all have the potential to end the stigma. Understanding neurodiversity is crucial in creating an inclusive and supportive workplace environment.

So, let’s get started!

Stress Awareness Month 2024

View the Stress Awareness Week 2024 website

It’s Stress Awareness Month in April with the theme being #LittleByLittle. The ‘Stress Management Society’ wants to encourage people to focus on making manageable adjustments to their daily routines.

BSCP Newsletter

As a training provider, Creative Alliance works closely with both BSCP (Birmingham Safeguarding Children Partnership) and BASC (Birmingham Adult Social Care) to support all our learners’ safeguarding needs.

As you may be aware from our previous Newsletter, Birmingham Safeguarding Children Partnership launched their quarterly safeguarding newsletter last September. The newsletter is packed with safeguarding news, updated policies and procedures, available training courses, and more. They also have a regular ‘Practitioner Spotlight’ feature, where they interview a practitioner about their role and experiences in children’s safeguarding.

If you missed it, you can read the newsletter in full on their website.

Family Hubs Newsletter

As a training provider, Creative Alliance works closely with both BSCP (Birmingham Safeguarding Children Partnership) and BASC (Birmingham Adult Social Care) to support all our learners’ safeguarding needs.

Here is the February Family Hubs Newsletter that we would encourage you to read.

Every apprentice working with Creative Alliance has the right to work and learn in a safe environment, free from harm. If you have any concerns about a member of staff or co-worker, please contact Creative Alliance directly.

Lead Designated Safeguarding Officer

Helen Dixon:

Office: O121 7530 049 / Mobile: 0742 9607 315

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer

Georgia Morris:

Office: O121 7530 049