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Prevent delivery: A guide for effective practice

Authors: Giorgia Iacopini, Thomas Spielhofer, Matt Gieve, Kerstin Junge, Elizabeth Cory-Pearce and Camilla Child

Prevent forms part of the UK’s counter-terrorist strategy, CONTEST and aims to safeguard and support vulnerable people to stop them from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. It also extends to supporting the rehabilitation and disengagement of those already involved in terrorism. Prevent works in a similar way to programmes designed to safeguard people from gangs, drug abuse, and physical and sexual abuse. The OSCT in the Home Office works to counter the threat to the UK from terrorism, including setting up and implementing the Prevent Strategy.

More specifically, the objectives of Prevent are 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.

Prevent depends on leadership and delivery through a wide network of partners –communities, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), public sector institutions including local authorities, schools and universities, health organisations, police, prisons and probation, and the private sector. A fundamental part of Prevent is the work done by CSOs to deliver projects. CSOs work with schools, families and in local communities to build their awareness of the risks of radicalisation, their resilience to terrorist narratives and propaganda, and to help them know what to do if they have concerns that someone may have been radicalised.