Relevant government departments

There are a number of organisations that may be able to offer assistance to universities in relation to Prevent and other broader issues of campus relations and student and staff welfare.

Department for Education (DfE)

The Department for Education is responsible for education, children’s services, higher and further education policy, apprenticeships and wider skills in England, and equalities. The department’s three key priorities are the safety and wellbeing of children and young people, the provision of high-quality education, and preparing children and young people for adult life. Following the decision in 2016 to transfer the higher education sector from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Department for Education is now responsible for the delivery of Prevent in higher and further education. The department works closely with institutions to minimise the risk of radicalisation on and off campus, and have ten HE and FE regional coordinators to facilitate this. The Department for Education aims to engage and support the sector with Prevent by working in partnership with the National Union of Students and Universities UK among others

Home Office (Home Office)

The Home Office is the lead UK Government department for addressing the threat from terrorism. Responsibility for this work sits within the Office of Security and Counter Terrorism which is part of the Home Office. Prevent is one of four work strands in CONTEST, the UK's counter-terrorism strategy.