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Prevent Strategy, Prevent Duty

The UK’s Prevent strategy is a government programme to prevent individuals from becoming involved in terrorism or extremism. The strategy includes a range of measures, such as working with communities to identify individuals at risk of radicalisation, providing support and resources to help prevent radicalisation, and working with partners to challenge extremist ideology. Government departments implement the strategy, including the Home Office and the Department for Education. It is intended to be a multi-agency approach involving local authorities, law enforcement, and other organisations.

Prevent: An Introduction

Groomers of all kinds prey on feelings of stress and isolation to exploit vulnerable individuals, both online and offline. #Prevent protects individuals targeted by terrorist influences by providing local, multi-agency safeguarding support.

This video gives an introduction to how Prevent works on the ground, told by those who have come into contact with the programme. Anyone can make a referral to Prevent.

If you are concerned that someone you know is at risk of radicalisation, you can call the police on 101 to get advice or share a concern so that they can get support.

The UK’s Prevent strategy is a government-led programme to prevent people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. The programme focuses on identifying and helping individuals at risk of radicalisation, challenging extremist ideologies and disrupting terrorist activity. It is part of the UK’s overall counter-terrorism strategy and is implemented by various government agencies.

What does the Prevent Strategy look like?

Prevent Strategy

Examples of the Prevent strategy in action include:

  • Training for teachers, healthcare workers, and other professionals to help them identify signs of radicalisation and provide support to individuals who may be at risk.
    Support community groups and organisations that counter extremist ideologies and promote community cohesion.
  • Partnerships with faith leaders to promote understanding and tolerance of different religions and beliefs.
  • Online counter-narrative campaigns to challenge extremist propaganda and disinformation on the internet.
  • Channel program provides support and guidance for individuals who have been identified as at risk of radicalisation but have not yet committed a crime.
  • Coordination of the police, intelligence agencies, and other organisations to disrupt terrorist activity and prosecute those who break the law.
  • Working with the private sector, such as social media companies, to combat the spread of extremist content on the internet.
  • Using the education system to help children and young people develop the critical thinking skills they need to challenge extremist ideologies and propaganda.

Government advice and trusted resources for schools to safeguard students from radicalisation, build resilience to all types of extremism and promote shared values.

Educate Against Hate provide practical advice, support and resources to protect children from extremism and radicalisation.

Anyone can be vulnerable to extremism and radicalisation, but children are particularly at risk. As they grow and become more independent, it is not unusual for them to take risks, explore new things and push boundaries.

Teenage years are often a time when young people will be searching for answers to questions about identity, faith and belonging, as well as looking for adventure and excitement.

Extremist groups know young people are vulnerable and may claim to offer them answers, identity and a strong social network, and using the internet and social media to spread their ideology.

Prevent duty training: Learn how to support people vulnerable to radicalisation

Prevent is one part of the government’s overall counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST. The aim of Prevent is to:

  • tackle the causes of radicalisation
  • respond to the challenges that terrorist ideology may present
  • safeguard and support those most at risk of radicalisation through early intervention
  • support those who have already engaged in terrorism to disengage and rehabilitate

In these training courses, you will learn about:

  • the Prevent duty
  • different forms of extremism and terrorism
  • the risk around radicalisation and your supportive role
  • making a Prevent referral that is both informed and made with good intention
  • the interventions and support available

This training service is for people working in sectors covered by the Prevent duty, such as education, health, local authorities, police, prisons, probation and youth justice. Other sectors that are not covered may also complete this training.

Everyone has the right to live, learn and work in safety, free from abuse, harm and neglect.

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