The Prevent Strategy
Prevent is one of the four elements of CONTEST, the government’s counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. The Home Office works with local authorities and a wide range of government departments, and community organisations to deliver the Prevent Strategy.
The Prevent Strategy:
- responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views
- provides practical help to prevent individuals from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support
- works with a wide range of institutions (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health) where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to deal with.
The strategy covers all forms of terrorism, including far right extremism and some aspects of non-violent extremism.
The Prevent Delivery Team is based within the local authorities; the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster City Council. The team delivers work including:
- training for frontline staff in recognising, referring and responding to radicalisation
- a variety of projects to build capacity, increase resilience and improve understanding of extremism and radicalisation with partners such as schools, colleges, frontline staff, community groups, venues and parents
- a referral service for concerns, called Channel, which acts as an early intervention service to safeguard vulnerable individuals from radicalisation.
For further information on Prevent, and the work done to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism, please contact:
Head of Executive Services and Prevent