Radicalisation and Extremism

What is Prevent?

Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism. Prevent is 1 of the 4 elements of CONTEST, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

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 people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support; and
  • Works with a wide range of sectors (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health) where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to deal with.

Prevent covers all forms of terrorism and extremism and some aspects of non-violent extremism.
The Home Office works with local authorities, a wide range of government departments, and community organisations to deliver the Prevent strategy. The police also play a significant role in Prevent, in much the same way as they do when taking a preventative approach to other crimes.

Prevent uses a range of measures to challenge extremism including:

  • Supporting people who are at risk of being drawn into terrorist or extremist activity through the Channel process, see the What is Channel section to find out more about this
  • Working with and supporting community groups and social enterprise projects who provide services and support to vulnerable people
  • Working with faith groups and institutions to assist them in providing support and guidance to people who may be vulnerable; and
  • Supporting local schools, local industry and partner agencies through engagement, advice and training.

For more information, please see the newly revamped website: 'Lets Talk About It'

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The recent Train the Trainer courses have now ended. If you need to locate a trainer then please e mail wrap@homeoffice.x.gsi.gov.uk<mailto:wrap@homeoffice.x.gsi.gov.uk> and ask them for details of a trainer in your area / sector.Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism. At the heart of Prevent is safeguarding children and adults and providing early intervention to protect and divert people away from being drawn into terrorist activity. Many Agencies including Local Authorities, Schools, Nurseries and other institutions have a statutory duty as of 1st July 2015 to ‘have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’. What is prevent? 

The Department for Education has launched a helpline for anyone concerned about a child who may be at risk of extremism, or about extremism within an organisation working with children and young people. Contact details are by telephone on 0207 340 7264 or email counter.extremism@education.gsi.gov.uk. Source: Department for Education 17 August 2015. For current Government guidance a link is provided here: Government Guidance on The Prevent Duty

The Central Bedfordshire have developed a local Protocol for tackling PREVENT: Central Bedfordshire PREVENT Protocol


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