Becoming radicalised can happen to anyone anywhere for numerous reasons, for example it might be triggered by a traumatic event, or a skewed ideology. It has a strong link to safeguarding because vulnerable adults and children can be susceptible to radicalisation and recruitment into terrorist organisations. No matter the reason, there may be warning signs that can help identify those people that may be at risk. If we can refer these individuals early enough into suitable interventions and support, we may be able to prevent devastating life changing incidents from occurring.
The Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 placed the Prevent strategy on a statutory footing and Local Authorities and their partners have a core role to play in countering terrorism at a local level and helping to safeguard individuals at risk of radicalisation.
For more information visit the Safe Durham Partnership Website.
Prevent is about safeguarding and supporting those vulnerable to radicalisation.
Prevent is 1 of the 4 elements of the Government's counter-terrorism strategy CONTEST. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. You can find definitions for some of the terms used when talking about extremism at the Lets Talk About It website.
Counter-terrorism strategy (CONTEST) 2018
The aim of CONTEST is to reduce the risk to the UK and its citizens and interests overseas from terrorism, so that people can go about their lives freely and with confidence.
The strategy is organised within a strategic framework of four ‘P’ work strands, each comprising a number of key objectives:
- prevent: to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism
- pursue: to stop terrorist attacks
- protect: to strengthen our protection against a terrorist attack
- prepare: to mitigate the impact of a terrorist attack
For more information regarding the Government's Counter-terrorism strategy visit the official .GOV. UK website at Counter-terrorism strategy (CONTEST) 2018 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
The following links are provided by the the Safe Durham Partnership. You may find these websites useful to understanding and supporting efforts toward countering extremsim.