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. Prevent deals with all forms of extremism, including Daesh/AQ inspired, extreme right, extreme left and animal rights.

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.

Since 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 3000 young people.

Additionally, over 5000 frontline workers and 2000 teachers in Portsmouth received training on radicalisation and how to keep young people safe.

The Prevent strategy:

The Home Office works with local authorities, a wide range of government departments, and community organisations to deliver the Prevent strategy.

        • 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 please contact Portsmouth City Council via email: prevent@portsmouthcc.gov.uk  or speak to  Charlie Pericleous/John Webster 02392 822251

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