Safeguarding & Prevent

The WEA is committed to providing a welcoming environment where everyone is respected, valued, and feels safe and secure.

WEA supports the legal duty, known as the Prevent Duty, to actively engage with our students and stakeholders in exploring and responding to the issues raised by radicalisation and terrorism.

Safeguarding

This includes students, staff, members, volunteers and individual visitors who access our facilities and services. If anyone has concerns about their own safety, or the safety and well-being of others in relation to unwelcome behaviours including discrimination, abuse, harassment, grooming and bullying, they can contact the Regional or National Safeguarding Officer. The Safeguarding Officer will work with you to explore and seek to resolve any concerns.

The WEA has a comprehensive Safeguarding Policy and clear procedures which are reviewed annually. Staff are trained to maintain a culture of vigilance and appropriate staff, including tutors are required to undertake disclosure and barring service (DBS) checks where appropriate, to ensure that no one with a criminal record of abuse against children or vulnerable adults is teaching for the WEA.

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 is 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.

If anyone has concerns about their own safety, or the safety and well-being of others in relation to Prevent, they can contact the Regional or National Safeguarding Officer. The Safeguarding Officer will work with you to explore your concerns and where necessary report them to professional organisations for appropriate action and support.