What is prevent?

Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism. Prevent is 1 of the 4 strands of work which make up the government’s counter-terrorism strategy – CONTEST. The aim of CONTEST is to reduce the risk to the UK and its interests overseas from terrorism.

The four work strands of CONTEST are:
  • Pursue– focuses on detecting, investigating and disrupting terrorist threats to the UK and our interests overseas.
  • Protect– aims to reduce the vulnerability of the UK and UK interests overseas to terrorist attack. This includes aviation security for both cargo and passengers.
  • Prepare– aims to minimise the impact of any attack, manage any incidence of an ongoing attack and recover quickly and effectively.
  • Prevent– aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
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 Channel Process: Operating Protocol below to find out more.
  • 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.

If you have any concerns about someone or would like more advice please contact Rachael Long, Crime and Community Safety Theme Manager, 01302 737469 or email