Safeguarding under the Prevent Duty

New Government legislation has placed a statutory duty on Higher Education Institutions to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.

The legislation, known as Prevent Duty, applies to all kinds of extremism, for example the Far Right, Islamist groups and animal rights groups.

The objective of the Prevent Duty is to safeguard individuals from being radicalised and drawn into terrorism. Find out more about Prevent Duty on the website.

Raise a concern

If you have any concerns that a member of the University community may be vulnerable to radicalisation, you should raise a concern through:


Telephone: Jess Winkler, Safeguarding Manager on +44 (0)117 32 86914

If there is an immediate risk of harm, call 999.

What happens once a Prevent concern has been raised?

Your concerns will be dealt with professionally and sensitively. 

If there is no immediate risk:

  • An internal case conference will take place and a risk assessment completed. It will be decided whether the case needs to be referred to the Regional Prevent Coordinator or not.
  • If the case is not referred to the Regional Prevent Coordinator,  the student may be offered help internally eg through Wellbeing Services, if appropriate.
  • If the case is referred to the Regional Prevent Coordinator, our single point of contact will discuss the case with the Regional Prevent Coordinator, sharing the risk assessment. Using the risk assessment as well as any other source of information that may already be available to the police, the Regional Prevent Coordinator will conduct a vulnerability assessment and may decide to refer the case to Channel. Further information about Channel can be found on the website

Immediate risks:

  • If there is an immediate risk of harm to a student or staff member or a crime has occurred, the police will be called.

General safeguarding concerns

If you have other concerns about a student who may be at risk of other forms of harm or abuse, please email the Student Policy team on

View UWE Bristol's safeguarding policy for more information.

Report abusive behaviour

The current terrorist threat may lead to an increase in hate crime and discrimination. At UWE Bristol we are committed to embracing equality and diversity. Download our Islamphobia guidance document for details on support and reporting incidences.

You can also view further details about reporting bullying, harassment and hate incidents.

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