Under the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (‘the Act’) relevant higher education bodies (RHEBs) must have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. This is known as the Prevent Duty.
The Home Secretary has delegated to HEFCW responsibility for monitoring compliance of the Prevent duty for relevant higher education providers in Wales. The delegation came into effect on 17 June 2016.
To carry out this role effectively, we require relevant higher education providers to provide evidence to show they are compliant. The Act refers to the governing body or proprietor of relevant providers as having ultimate responsibility for this.
Monitoring framework circular W19/25HE sets out how we will monitor relevant providers’ implementation of the statutory Prevent duty. Providers will need to follow this framework to demonstrate ‘due regard’ to the duty. This framework sets out how we will gather information to demonstrate compliance.
As a part of the ongoing monitoring process, the circular formally requests an Annual Assurance Return, with a data return, from the governing bodies or proprietors of all relevant HE providers as proposed in the timetable below:
- On an annual basis by 31 December – HEFCW-regulated providers and specialist providers with specific course designation.
Within this Assurance Return we require the governing body or proprietor to confirm their compliance with the Prevent duty and with our monitoring requirements.
The monitoring framework follows our previous framework and our consultation circular W16/39HE.