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.