Our monitoring framework explains how the OfS monitors providers’ implementation of the Prevent duty.
View the Monitoring framework for 2018-19 onwards
- information on how providers demonstrate due regard to the OfS and how we assess compliance
- details of how providers should report changes of circumstance or Prevent-related serious incidents
- how the OfS will promote continuous improvement from the sector.
What new entrants need to do
New entrants to the higher education sector need to do an initial self-assessment against the Prevent statutory guidance. You should submit this within two months of us engaging with you. After reviewing this, we’ll offer further guidance.
You’ll be expected to submit detailed evidence of baseline policies and procedures which meet the requirements of the statutory guidance within six months of our initial engagement. We will then test these policies through a Prevent review around six months later.
For more information about this, see Annex A of the Monitoring framework.
What established providers need to do
Established providers need to do the following:
- Submit their annual Accountability and data return in December
- Throughout the year, notify the OfS as soon as possible of:
- any significant changes of circumstance affecting the provider’s Prevent responsibilities (such as a change in Prevent lead or changes to core policies)
- any Prevent-related serious incidents.
Timeline of upcoming activity
Technical guidance on Accountability and data return issued
Publication of Serious incident and Change of circumstances guidance
Submission window for 2016-17 annual reports
31 October 2018
|Pilot Prevent review meetings
|Accountability submissions required from all ‘relevant higher education bodies’
||3 December 2018
|Guidance issued to sector on Prevent review meetings
|Workshops and webinars on new risk-based Monitoring Framework
|OfS feedback to providers on outcomes from Accountability and data return
|Prevent review meeting programme in effect
||March – October 2019
|Evaluation of new risk-based approach
Guidance on requirements
As well as referring to the government’s statutory guidance, you should look at our supporting guidance documents.
Read Key proposals for monitoring under the OfS
Read the Supplementary information note
Read the Prevent-related serious incident guidance
Read the OfS Prevent change of circumstance guidance
Read the guidance for the October report response window
Read the guidance for the Prevent monitoring accountability return
Prevent review meetings (PRMs)
Following the publication of the Prevent review meeting guidance, we held a series of surgeries offering further information on the monitoring approach for providers. The same content was covered in the webinar below.
We have published a report setting out our findings from the annual reports submitted by higher education providers covering activity relating to the Prevent duty for the 2016-17 academic year.
Read the report's findings
Prevent leads at your organisation
The OfS 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: [email protected]
Who to contact for help
General enquiries should be directed to [email protected].
There are also Department for Education (DfE) higher education Prevent coordinators who provide hands-on, practical support on implementing the duty.
Click on an area of the map below to see the DfE contact for that region.