The Prevent Strategy
CONTEST, the government’s counter terrorism strategy, is made up of four strands, one of which is Prevent.
The Prevent Strategy has three objectives:
i. Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism;
ii. Prevent vulnerable individuals from being drawn into terrorism;
iii. Work with institutions where there are risks of radicalisation.
The Prevent Strategy aims to stop people being drawn into or supporting terrorism of all kinds (whether it be from the extreme far-right, or inspired by Daesh or Al-Qaeda). Prevent works before any crime has been committed and uses early intervention to encourage individuals to challenge extremist ideology and behaviour and to support people who are being targeted by extremist groups. Prevent offers tailored support to at-risk individuals on a voluntary basis to ensure they do not become radicalised.
The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 contains a duty on specified authorities (including local authorities) to have ‘due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into supporting terrorism’. This is therefore a statutory duty.