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The UK counter-terrorism strategy


This aim of the Prevent part of our counter-terrorism strategy is to prevent people from becoming terrorists or supporting violent extremism.

Increasing our resilience to attacks and successfully disrupting terrorist plots will not alone stop terrorism. We need to prevent people supporting violent extremism or becoming terrorists in the first place.

Central government leads on the national and international aspects of Prevent work.

Provide support to those at risk

Protecting vulnerable individuals who might be attracted to the ideology of violence is not just a job for the police, but also for local government, schools, universities and local communities. Our effectiveness relies on all of us providing effective support to those who are at risk of advocating violence, or have already been recruited by violent extremists.

Part of this work involves challenging those who support violence. But we also want to actively promote values such as, for example, democracy and the rule of law on which the strength of our society and the cohesion of our communities depend.

We work directly with people in their communities to:

  • challenge the ideology behind violent extremism and support mainstream voices
  • disrupt those who promote violent extremism and support the places where they operate
  • support individuals who are vulnerable to recruitment, or have already been recruited by violent extremists
  • increase the resilience of communities to violent extremism
  • address the grievances being exploited by ideologues

Guidance for Prevent partnerships

The government published Delivering the Prevent Strategy: An Updated Guide for Local Partners in August 2009.

This guidance builds on The Prevent Strategy: A Guide for Local Partners in England, published in June 2008.

  • Summaries

    Read short summaries explaining key aspects of Prevent.

  • Who is involved?

    Prevent is delivered locally through a unique range of partnerships

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