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The Prevent monitoring framework

To set out how we will monitor providers’ implementation of the Prevent duty we have published a monitoring framework.

It includes:

  • information on how providers demonstrate 'due regard' to the Prevent duty evidenced through annual reports
  • details of the particular circumstances that may trigger prevent reviews
  • the process for all providers in reporting serious Prevent-related incidents and any material changes to policies and circumstances relating to Prevent
  • details of the possible outcomes from our monitoring process for providers
  • 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.

Through the framework, we will ensure that providers have robust policies, procedures or arrangements in place to mitigate the risks that people might be drawn into terrorism.

To satisfy the Prevent duty, providers should take into account the Government’s statutory guidance. They may also want to consider the questions in our Advice note and Guidance on Annual Reporting 2016-17

Assessment cycle timeline

Below are the timescales set out for the 2016-17 annual reporting assessment process.


Letter issued via Extranet with information on how to download the template for the data return and declarations from our extranet site, and how to upload annual reports

Deadline for submission of annual report to HEFCE**


Queries expected to be issued from HEFCE to individual providers

Outcome letters issued

HEFCE-funded providers

October 2017

1 December 2017

Between December 2017 and January 2018

March 2018

Alternative providers – including other providers of HE with more than 250 HE students*

January 2018

1 March 2018

Between March 2018 and May 2018

June 2018

*Further education colleges that are subject to the duty are monitored separately by the Office for Standards in Education or the Department for Education.

**We would be happy to receive annual reports from RHEBs before the formal submission date, but providers should not necessarily expect to hear from HEFCE any earlier than the dates indicated above.

Guidance for Prevent annual reports for 2016-17

This note provides specific guidance for Prevent annual reports for the 2016-17 academic year. It includes:

  • information and prompts to providers to illustrate the type of evidence we would be looking for and how this might be structured in a submission to HEFCE
  • information on the mandatory data requirements
  • a timeline setting out key dates for the assessment process.

This document follows our review of annual reports submitted by relevant higher education bodies (RHEBs) between December 2016 and April 2017, and offers working practice.

Read the Guidance for Prevent annual reports for 2016-17 

Download the Guidance_for_Prevent_annual_reports_for_2016-17_ as PDF (312 KB)

Advice note

We have also published an updated advice note in August 2017 for higher education providers affected by the Prevent statutory duty, in line with the statutory guidance and Guidance for Prevent annual reports for 2016-17.

This ‘advice note’ is non-statutory. It sets out a number of questions designed to help providers understand areas they may want to consider when developing policies, processes or arrangements that will satisfy the Prevent duty.

It should be read alongside the statutory guidance.

Prevent Leads at your institution

HEFCE defines a Prevent Lead as the senior manager responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Prevent duty.

If this contact changes, please inform the Prevent team as soon as possible at the following email address:

Prevent-related serious incidents

As a response to ongoing engagement with the sector, HEFCE has published guidance clarifying the requirements of the duty in relation to serious incidents.

Who to contact?

Department for Education (DfE) Further Education and Higher Education Prevent Coordinators provide hands-on, practical support on implementing the duty. Every institution also has a named Prevent Adviser at HEFCE, who cover particular regions.

Hover over the map below for both HEFCE and DfE contacts.

Page last updated 16 January 2018