Prevent is one strand of the UK’s wider counter-terrorism strategy known as CONTEST (2018). The strands of the strategy are:
- Prevent – aims to stop people becoming terrorist or supporting terrorism by safeguarding people and communities
- Pursue – concerned with the apprehension and arrest of people suspected of being engaged in the planning, preparation or commissioning of terrorism
- Protect – seeks to strengthen our protection against a terrorist attack and reduce our vulnerability to an attack
- Prepare – mitigate the impact of a terrorist attack where an attack cannot be stopped.
The purpose of Prevent is to safeguard and support vulnerable people to stop them becoming terrorist or supporting terrorism of any form. It aims to:
- Tackle the causes of radicalisation and respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism.
- Safeguard and support those most at risk of radicalisation through early intervention, identifying them and offering support.
- Enable those who have already engaged in terrorism to disengage and rehabilitate.
What is Prevent and what does it do?
- Prevent is a service which provides non-compulsory safeguarding support to vulnerable individuals who have the final say of accepting support or not.
- It is about safeguarding. In the same way support is provided to those at risk of becoming involved in gangs, drugs, exploitation, or other forms of harm, individuals vulnerable to being groomed into terrorism can also be offered support.
- Prevent operates within a non-criminal space, intending to pre-empt criminal activity. This ensures the protection of communities and not its criminalisation. Importantly, those who receive support do not receive a criminal record for their participation.
What does the Prevent team do?
- Community engagement is pivotal. We work closely with local community and voluntary groups to co-deliver support.
- Training and supporting frontline staff and specified authorities on issues including: radicalisation, extremism, terrorism and support mechanisms so they can recognise when someone may be at risk and can respond appropriately. Whether this occurs through training, discussion or debate, it is essential to how we work.
- We regularly seek to promote discussion and debate. As such, we organise events such as free training, workshops and community Q&A.
- Through our Prevent Education Officer, we offer tailored support, guidance and advice to those working within the education sector. This includes advising on best practice to strengthen the curriculum and build resilience in pupils.
What is Channel and how does it support Prevent?
Channel is the safeguarding panel which supports Prevent. Led by the Local Authority, it is a programme which focuses on supporting people at an early stage who are identified as vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism. It ensures people of any age, faith, ethnicity or background receive support before their vulnerabilities are exploited by those wanting them to embrace any criminal terrorist related activity.
It is a confidential and voluntary process where multi-agency safeguarding professionals meet to discuss support options. These support options encompass an array of different interventions, addressing educational, vocational, mental health, and other vulnerabilities. Ideological support is also common, which may include discussion with credible ideological experts and faith leaders.
Ideally, and if you belong to an organization, the person considering making the referral should be the designated safeguarding officer who should have a good knowledge of Safeguarding and Prevent. If not, you can make a referral by contacting the named Local Authority Prevent officer, filling out the referral form and then emailing it to the named person or the Police Prevent Team at: EMSOU-SB-Prevent@Derbyshire.pnn.police.uk.
If you have any further queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your Local Authority Prevent team:
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