The Prevent duty

The College has a duty of care to its students and staff.  As members of the College, we all share in this.

An important aspect of this involves the provision of support to vulnerable individuals who may be at risk of radicalisation or of being drawn into terrorism by an extreme cause, movement or ideology.  
The College has a legal duty under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act (CTSA) 2015:

in the exercise of [its] functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.  (CTSA, Section 26(i))

This is known as the 'Prevent duty'.  The College approaches this as part of its wider responsibility to the welfare of its students and staff.  Therefore, Prevent concerns may often be identified as a welfare or mental health matter in the first instance.  The College encourages students and staff to speak confidentially and without prejudice with a Faculty Local Adviser to clarify concerns.  Please follow the Referral of Concerns procedure if you have a concern which may be relevant to Prevent.

Practical information

The College offers Prevent Awareness training to key staff and the Imperial College Union.  This is updated and delivered annually:
Download the College's PowerPoint Prevent Training slides.

External e-learning module:
Home Office Prevent Training

Further information on Prevent and case studies from other universities:
Safe Campus Communities Website


Specific guidance on complying with the duty was issued by the Home Office under s. 29 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act in July 2015:

Compliance is monitored by the Office for Students.  Please refer to its Monitoring Framework for further information.