Simply put, it is about preventing people and organisations from being involved in extremism or terrorism.
Prevent is one of four parts of the governments counter terrorism and domestic extremism strategy, known as CONTEST.
Prevent is about identifying people who may be vulnerable to radicalisation or getting involved in extremism, and supporting them in any way that will help protect them from harm.
There are a very small number of people who support terrorist activity, or are ever likely to. The vast majority of people, in all communities, want to see it prevented. Most people want to play their part in helping to safeguard individuals and protect communities.
The Prevent strategy has three main objectives:
- Ideology - to respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism. that is to challenge and counter extremist and terrorist views.
- Individuals - to prevent vulnerable people from being drawn into terrorism by identifying who they are, and then to provide them with support, sometimes called interventions.
- Institutions to work within a wide range of sectors and institutions where people come together, where there may be either risks of radicalisation or opportunities to prevent it. That means places providing education, health and social care providers, prisons and the probation services. It also includes charities and faith organisations. It also means tackling the internet and other forms of social media.