Prevent is a key strand in the government’s counter-terrorism strategy, also known as CONTEST.
Local authorities are seen as having a major role to play in preventing people from being drawn into terrorist activity – whatever the ideology behind it.
The aim of Prevent is to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
The government regards Prevent as a key part of CONTEST and does not believe it is possible to resolve the threats we face simply by arresting and prosecuting more people.
Prevent addresses all forms of terrorism but continues to prioritise according to the threat they pose to our national security.