The Prevent Duty

The WEA is committed to our role in safeguarding students and other stakeholders from becoming radicalised and being drawn into terrorism.

Our vision and values as an organisation actively commit us to promote democracy, equality, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance for the multiple cultures, faiths and beliefs found in Britain today. We recognise and explore both the benefits and the challenges of the rule of law. These are the values, defined by the government, as British values and are part of the Prevent Duty.

Our approach in the WEA is to integrate the Prevent Duty with:

•    Good teaching and learning
•    Encouraging students to engage critically and actively around their study
•    Promoting our values, mission and purpose
•    Ensuring that equality, diversity and inclusion are embedded in everything we do.
•    Encouraging students to become members of the WEA, be active citizens and contribute to their communities.
•    There are strong similarities between the government’s definition of British values and the WEA values, mission and purpose, so we are able to incorporate both into teaching and learning.

The WEA encourages students, staff, including tutors and other stakeholders to raise concerns in relation to the Prevent duty such as concerns about individuals who they feel are being groomed or being drawn towards fundamentalist beliefs that lead towards oppressive behaviours and/or terrorism.