Prevent is about safeguarding and supporting those vulnerable to radicalisation. Prevent is 1 of the 4 elements of 'Contest', the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting any form of terrorism.
What does PREVENT do?
1 - Responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views.
2 - Provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support.
3 - Works with a wide range of sectors including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health professionals, where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to deal with.
Who delivers PREVENT?
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.
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.
Working with and supporting community groups and social enterprise projects who provide services and support to vulnerable people.
Supporting local schools, local industry and partner agencies through engagement, advice and training.
Working with faith groups and institutions to assist them in providing support and guidance to people who may be vulnerable.
Supporting people who are at risk of being drawn into terrorist or extremist activity through the CHANNEL process.
What is CHANNEL?
Channel provides support across the country to those who may be vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism. The overall aim of the programme is early intervention and diverting people away from the risk they may face. Channel uses existing collaboration between partners to support individuals and protect them from being drawn into terrorism.