Celebrating life in modern Britain

At Activate Apprenticeships and Activate Business School, we pride ourselves on celebrating our diverse community of staff, apprentices and learners, with its many different ethnicities and religions. We think that everyone should feel confident about who they are and comfortable in expressing their views. We strive to create an environment where apprentices and learners can grapple with real life issues and form well considered opinions – even when faced with pressures from others in connection with a range of complex issues.

We want all everyone to feel safe secure and to be tolerant towards all cultures and religions and we are supportive of the UK Government’s PREVENT strategy.

INTRODUCING THE PREVENT STRATEGY

The PREVENT strategy is designed to protect young people potentially at risk of being radicalised. To help us identify when someone may be being radicalised, we look at a number of factors, such as:

  • Sudden change in their appearance (for example, style of clothing)
  • High absence rate from college, without a clear reason for this
  • Losing interest in friends or activities not associated with a particular ideology, with their behaviour becoming focused on an extreme idea or cause
  • Possessing or being associated with material or symbols associated with an extremist cause, communicating with suspected extremists or visiting websites and social media sites associated with extremism.

Activate Apprenticeships and Activate Business School fully endorses the PREVENT strategy that:

‘helps to protect young people and vulnerable adults from extremist and violent views in the same ways that they help to safeguard young people and vulnerable adults from drugs, gang violence or alcohol. Their purpose must be to protect young people from harm and to ensure that they are taught in a way that is consistent with the law and our values (…) ensuring balanced debate as well as freedom of speech. They also have a clear responsibility to exercise their duty of care and to protect the welfare of their students. Staff can identify and offer support to students who may be drawn into extremism.’

We take seriously our duty to protect the safety and well-being of our students. This includes protecting them where we consider necessary from activities and links with organisations that may endanger themselves and others. We are mindful of our responsibilities under the PREVENT Duty regarding protecting students from radicalisation and extremism, under safeguarding and child protection legislation and under the Equality Act.

KEEPING OUR STUDENTS SAFE

All apprentices and learners at Activate Apprenticeships are given information on staying safe at college and in the community. They are told about appropriate behaviour, both online and offline. We do follow up and refer any inappropriate or concerning behaviour, working closely with a range of agencies, such as the police and social care.

Our Safeguarding team is always available to discuss any issue you may be concerned about. Please contact safe@activatelearning.ac.uk to discuss any concerns.

AN APPROACH ROOTED IN RESPECT

We expect everyone in the Activate Apprenticeships community to behave responsibly and to respect other people’s rights. This is why apprentices and learners at Activate Apprenticeships sign the Code of Conduct when they enrol and take part in equality and diversity initiatives during their time with us.

We are committed to freedom of expression within the law. We have a duty as an educational body to protect health, morals, rights and reputations of other people and prevent disorder or crime. This means that we will not provide a platform for any speaker or organisation that we consider promotes violence, religious hatred, or racist, sexist or homophobic views, which are contrary to our equality and diversity policy and likely to be unlawful.