What is Prevent?

What is Prevent?

Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism. Prevent is part of CONTEST, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

The Prevent statutory duty, which came into force on 1 July 2015, has prompted a significant step forward in the delivery of Prevent work across all public sector organisations. In 2015/16, a number of community based projects aimed at reducing the vulnerabilities which can lead individuals being drawn into terrorism, have been delivered in Portsmouth. These projects have raised awareness of online safety, supported vulnerable families and delivered critical thinking workshops to over 1500 young people.

Additionally, over 1700 frontline workers and 800 teachers in Portsmouth received training on radicalisation.

The Channel process which safeguards vulnerable people from being drawn into terrorism, has been integrated within Portsmouth's Multi- Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).

The Prevent strategy:

Responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views;

  • Provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support; and
  • Works with a wide range of sectors (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health) where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to deal with.
  • Prevent covers all forms of terrorism and extremism and some aspects of non-violent extremism.

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.

  • The main aim of Prevent is to stop people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism
  • At the heart of Prevent is safeguarding children and adults and providing early intervention to protect and divert people away from being drawn into terrorist activity.
  • Prevent addresses all forms of terrorism, but continues to ensure resources and effort are allocated on the basis of threats to our national security.

For further information or to book training please contact Portsmouth City Council:

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Telephone: 023 9268 8357

The Hampshire and IOW PREVENT Partnership Board website can be found here: Hampshire and IOW PREVENT Partnership Board

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