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NHS Trusts and NHS Foundation Trusts - The Prevent Duty

June 2015

Are you caught by the new duty to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism?

As of 1 July 2015, NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts (amongst others) are under what is being called the "prevent duty".  The "prevent duty" is a duty when exercising relevant functions to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.

NHS Trusts and NHS Foundation Trusts are also under a duty to "have regard to" guidance produced by the Secretary of State.

The questions below give a flavour of just some of the steps the Secretary of State expects relevant institutions to take:

  • Can you demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the risk of radicalisation in your area or institution?
  • Do your staff understand the risk and have the capabilities to deal with it?
  • Do you communicate and promote the importance of the prevent duty?
  • Have you taken steps to ensure that your staff implement the duty effectively (including appropriate training)?
  • Can you provide evidence of productive co-operation with others, including the police and local authorities and co-ordination through existing multi-agency forums such as Community Safety Partnerships?

You will need to keep appropriate records to show that you are complying with your duties.

NHS Trusts and NHS Foundation Trusts will find themselves having to work out how they comply with their duty under the new Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 whilst not breaching Data Protection legislation or alienating certain groups or communities. 

NHS Trusts and NHS Foundation Trusts should undertake a risk assessment – partly to ensure that they comply, and partly so that they can demonstrate that they comply, with the new statutory duty.

What next?
It would be well worth reading the "Prevent duty guidance" – available here

 

If you would like to discuss any aspect of this article further, please contact Claris D'cruz or Joanna Blackman on 0113 244 6100.

You can also keep up to date by following Wrigleys Charity and Social Economy team on Twitter here

The information in this article is necessarily of a general nature. Specific advice should be sought for specific situations. If you have any queries or need any legal advice please feel free to contact Wrigleys Solicitors

 

June 2015

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