Prevent Strategy

1. Overview

Prevent is one element of the government’s counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST, which has four work strands:

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

The aim of CONTEST is to reduce the risk to the United Kingdom and its interests overseas from terrorism, so that people can go about their lives freely and with confidence.

The GOV.UK website provides further information about CONTEST.

What is Prevent?

The threat we face from terrorism is real, and the Prevent Strategy recognises that we cannot arrest our way out of the problem. The strategy aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

The focus of Prevent is on the significant threat posed by international terrorism and those in the United Kingdom who are inspired by it. It is also concerned with reducing threats, risks and vulnerabilities posed by domestic extremists such as those from the far right and far left, extreme animal rights activists and those involved in Northern Irish related terrorism.

Prevent is supported by three objectives:

  1. Ideology: responding to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it
  2. Individuals: preventing people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support
  3. Institutions: working with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation which we need to address

The GOV.UK website provides further information on the Prevent Strategy.

Safeguarding vulnerable individuals from radicalisation and extremism