The Government’s Prevent Strategy

The Government’s Prevent Strategy

Prevent Strategy 2018


Reporting concerns:

If you have a safeguarding concern it is essential you use the link below to access the Prevent Referral Form. The form also offers guidance with contact numbers for support.

Referral form

For further information please contact:


Danielle King, Prevent Co-ordinator

T: 01274 437770

M: 07870 991647



Geraldine Cooper, Prevent Education Officer (Acting)

T: 01274 437207

M: 07866 890006



What is Prevent?

Prevent is part of the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST.  Its aim is to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.  Prevent will address all forms of terrorism but continue to prioritise according to current threat levels.  It’s about minimising the risk of people supporting extremist ideologies which espouse violence and terrorism.  As such Prevent is an early intervention tool most commonly in the form of education, dialogue and mentoring, aiming to reduce the likelihood of terrorist or other violent actions in the future.

Prevent is just one of four elements which make up the Government’s Counter Terrorism Strategy comprising of four key elements:


  • Pursue:          to stop terrorist attacks
  • Protect:          to strengthen our physical infra-structure against a terrorist attack, and
  • Prepare:         to mitigate the impact of a terrorist attack


  • Prevent:         to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

Prevent can be seen as separate from the other three elements in that it operates in the ‘non-criminal’ space; a prevention tool to reduce the numbers of people who may consider criminal acts.  In an educational context Prevent is a safeguarding issue for schools aimed at supporting and protecting children and young people who are vulnerable and at risk of being radicalised.  Prevent is about ensuring that they are diverted away before any crime is committed and described as a long term solution to the current threat of extremism.  Within the overall framework the new Prevent strategy will specifically:

• respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it;

• prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support; and

• work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation which we need to address.

These areas of work are outlined in detail in  The Prevent Strategy para 3.21 on page 7.


Support for Schools

The Diversity and Cohesion Service, along with the Council’s Prevent Lead, Michael Churley and Prevent Officer, Danielle King have responded to these changes by providing a range of measures to support schools.  These include:

  • Delivering Safeguarding training in the form of the ‘Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent’ (WRAP) for primary and secondary schools, to ensure that key members of school staff including governors have a good understanding of their roles and responsibilities
  • Providing a Prevent ‘Self Assessment Questionnaire’ for schools
  • Guidance and advice to support the curriculum as well as initiatives that engage children and young people in Prevent
  • A range of guidance documents on the Prevent Strategy
  • CPD for school staff to address promoting British values of democracy through Religious Education/SMSC and our peer education projects e.g. Stand up, Speak out, Make a Difference!


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