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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 idealogical challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views.  It provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support.  The Strategy works with a wide range of sectors (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities 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.

A copy of the Prevent leaflet is available here adobe icon Prevent Leaflet [185kb]  








Updated: 13 Apr 2017
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