Prevent is one of four work strands 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.
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
As the preventative strand of CONTEST, Prevent will:-
- Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat faced by the UK from those who promote it
- Prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support
- Work with a wide range of sectors (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, the internet and health) where there are risks of radicalisation which need to be addressed
For more information about Prevent , CONTEST or current terrorism threat levels please go to the Home Office website. More specifically there is a Home Office eLearning briefing on Prevent which can be accessed here.