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Prevent Strategy, it’s likely you have heard of the before.
But what does it really mean? And what are the things you really must know?

We have made things easy to clarify.

To summarize, we compiled these essential Prevent points:

What is Prevent?

The government has established a counter-terrorism strategy:

  • Pursue: to stop terrorist attacks.
  • Prevent: to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
  • Protect: to strengthen our protection against a terrorist attack.
  • Prepare: to mitigate the impact of a terrorist attack.

The Counter Terrorism Strategy named CONTEST, is created to address those who are at risk of joining extremist groups. For example, groups such as Islamist extremism.

Carrying out terrorist activities and being radicalised. Ultimately, radicalisation is a psychological process where vulnerable individuals are influenced to engage into terrorist activity.

The intention of the strategy is to raise awareness across the UK of radicalisation. Therefore, building links across authority roles such as faith leaders, social workers, teachers and doctors. As a result, reporting any concerns of vulnerable or at-risk individuals regarding terrorist involvement.

What are the key principles?

Some of the key principles of the strategy include:

  • Prevent will address all forms of terrorism, including the extreme right wing.
  • Prevent will tackle non-violent extremism where it creates an environment conducive to terrorism, popularising ideas that are adopted by terrorist groups.
  • Public money will not be provided to extremist organisations. With attention to those who do not support the values of democracy, human rights, the rule of law and mutual respect and tolerance of different faith groups.
What are the main objectives?

Within the objective to ‘reduce the threat to the UK from terrorism by stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism’. Described as the need to “prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”, the specific objectives include:

  • Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat from those who promote it.
  • Prevent people being drawn into terrorism ensuring they are given appropriate advice and support.
  • Work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to address.
What is being done to support the strategy?

The government is frequently developing and improving its work to protect the UK from terrorism.

Therefore, guidance on the duties of Prevent is regularly changing and updating.

Schools, registered childcare providers, the health sector, training providers, local authorities, prisons and the police are among those who must keep informed of these changes. The responsibility is widespread across sectors and levels of authority.

Policies and daily processes should be integrated accordingly for Prevent to be fully adhered to. To summarize this include’s Risk assessment, staff training, working in partnerships and IT policies.

Specifically, the government:

-Is carrying out a ‘communications capabilities development programme’. Hence enabling the continuation of protection as internet-based communications become increasingly widespread.

-Uses science and technology to counter the threat from terrorism.

-Supports the UK security industry to export their products and expertise to other countries hosting major international events.

-Works with the Northern Ireland Office and the relevant authorities in Northern Ireland to help counter the severe threat from terrorism in Northern Ireland.

Therefore, in a world where terrorism, radicalisation and terrorist attacks are a genuine threat. Prevent is not only imperative but critical to the safety of all.

Gov.uk. informs the information in this post.

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