Understanding Fundamental British Values & Applying the Prevent Duty: A Guide for Careers Practice


There are a number of questions raised when we consider this agenda:



  • What do you think of when you hear the term “fundamental British values”?
  • Do we have difficulties with the term ‘fundamental’ or perhaps defining what is meant by ‘British’ in a diverse, multi-cultural, globalised society?
  • Do we have difficulties in understanding, defining and embracing these principles?



  • Why are we expected to embed fundamental British values into our systems, process and careers practice? What are the policy and legislative expectations?
  • What are the challenges we face with this?
  • Should this be an extraneous organisational response to adhering to policy or can this be engendered so it becomes more intrinsic, integrated and owned by careers professionals?


Relevance to Careers Provision

  • How can we as a careers profession support this process – how is easy is the marriage with the CDI Code of Ethics and FBV?


This guide aims to consider the above questions with the following objectives:

  1. To clarify what is meant by Fundamental British Values.
  2. To provide some understanding of policy context and rationale for their application.
  3. To consider some of the challenges we face as careers providers to improvising FBV.
  4. To outline the support that can be provided to CDI members in addressing the above.


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To assist implementation of the duty in section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, a Prevent e-learning training package is now available. This is free introductory training. It provides a foundation on which to develop further knowledge around the risks of radicalisation and the roles involved in supporting those at risk.

Institutions covered by the Prevent Duty may wish to consider further training resources available within the Prevent training catalogue to support their implementation of the Prevent Duty.

Prevent Training Catalogue (Home Office, 2016) - this catalogue has been produced by the Home Office to highlight some of the training courses to help individuals covered by the requirements of the Prevent Duty, contained in Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015.

The courses within this catalogue aim to support frontline staff in increasing their understanding and awareness of radicalisation and how it can be prevented.