Updated Monitoring Framework for Prevent Published by HEFCE

For more information see HEFCE’s Policy Guide page on the The Prevent Duty here.

HEFCE has published an updated monitoring framework for Prevent, which sets out how they will monitor an HE provider’s implementation of the statutory Prevent duty. An Executive Summary of the framework is available to read and you can also download the full monitoring framework document.

This updated framework was issued on 20 September 2016 and supersedes the previous Prevent monitoring framework published in November 2015. Under the Counter-Terrorism Act 2015, relevant higher education bodies must have ‘due regard’ to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. HEFCE is responsible for monitoring whether HE providers are demonstrating due regard to the Prevent Duty. The framework also sets out how HEFCE will support providers and enable the effective sharing of experience and good practice.

Importantly, the framework sets out the processes and dates for submitting the first annual report:

  • Wednesday 1 February 2017 for alternative providers with specific course designation.
  • Monday 3 April 2017 for other providers that offer higher education to more than 250 students.

The newly updated framework also includes:

  • Guidance for how relevant higher education bodies will need to submit an annual report.
  • Details of the possible outcomes from our monitoring process for providers.
  • The process for all providers in reporting serious Prevent-related incidents and any material changes to policies and circumstances relating to Prevent.
  • How we will support institutions and enable the sharing of experience and good practice in relation to Prevent.
  • The process for providers entering the regulated HE sector in relation to the Prevent duty and how we will deal with providers leaving the regulated HE sector and Prevent monitoring [1].

HEFCE has also published an associated Advice note which provides additional information for HE providers affected by the Prevent statutory duty. This sets out a number of questions to help providers understand areas they may want to consider when developing policies, processes or arrangements that will satisfy the duty.


[1] HEFCE Policy Guide, Monitoring of the Prevent duty: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/reg/prevent/framework

  • On 21st September 2016