Legislation

Links to Prevent related documents including the Prevent duty, Channel guidance and the vulnerability framework

 

The Prevent strategy forms part of the HM Governments wider Counter terrorism strategy 'CONTEST'

The Prevent strategy was reviewed in 2011 and in 2015, the Prevent Duty was created, forming part of the Counter terrorism and Security act 2015.

Other legislation/guidance in relation to Prevent includes the Channel Duty Guidance and the Channel Vulnerabilty assesment framework.

 Below is a brief explanation of the various above acts, with links to the full publications on the .gov website. 

 

CONTEST:

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

The scope of this revised CONTEST strategy has been broadened to cover all forms of terrorism.

Our counter-terrorism strategy will continue to be organised around 4 workstreams, each comprising a number of key objectives

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

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/counter-terrorism-strategy-contest

 

PREVENT Strategy:

The Prevent strategy has been re-focused following a review. The strategy now contains three objectives: to respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat from those who promote it; to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support; and to work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to address.

Its guided by a number of key principles.

These include:

  • Prevent will remain an integral part of the government’s counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST
  • Prevent will address all forms of terrorism, including the extreme right wing. However, it is clear that Prevent work must be targeted against those forms of terrorism that pose the greatest risk to our national security. Currently, the greatest threat comes from Al Qa’ida, its affiliates and like-minded groups
  • Prevent will tackle non-violent extremism where it creates an environment conducive to terrorism and popularises ideas that are espoused by terrorist groups
  • Prevent will make a clearer distinction between our counter-terrorist work and our integration strategy. Prevent depends on the success of that strategy. But the two cannot be confused or merged together. Failure to appreciate the distinction risks securitising integration and reducing the chances of our success
  • Prevent must do much better in evaluating and monitoring progress against a common set of objectives. Money has been wasted. That must stop
  • public money will not be provided to extremist organisations who do not support the values of democracy, human rights, the rule of law and mutual respect and tolerance of different faith groups.

Objectives:

The strategy now contains three objectives, these are to:

  • respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat from those who promote it
  • prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support
  • work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to address

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/prevent-strategy-2011

 

PREVENT DUTY:

Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a duty on certain bodies, listed in Schedule 3 to the Act, to have "due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism".

Specified authorities must:

  • Assess risk of radicalisation in their area or institution
  • Develop an action plan to reduce this risk
  • Train staff to recognise radicalisation and extremism
  • Work in partnership with other partners
  • Establish referral mechanisms and refer people to Channel
  • Maintain records and reports to show compliance

Each organisation has different requirements under the duty and more information can be found on the link below and on 'Resourse links' within this site. 

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/prevent-duty-guidance

 

 National Police Chiefs Council Terrorism in the UK  http://www.npcc.police.uk/CounterTerrorism/HomePage.aspx

 

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