Prevent Violent Extremism

Prevent is 1 of the 4 elements of CONTEST, the government’s counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism

The Prevent strategy:

  • responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views
  • provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support
  • works with a wide range of sectors (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health) where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to deal with.

The strategy covers all forms of terrorism, including far right extremism and some aspects of non-violent extremism. However, we prioritise our work according to risks.Thames Valley Police play a significant role in Prevent, in much the same way as they do when taking a preventative approach to other crimes. 

A local partnership between the council, Thames Valley Police and a wide range of local organisations help to deliver the Prevent strategy. We use a range of measures to challenge extremism, including supporting people who are at risk of being drawn into terrorist activity through the Channel process.

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Further information on Prevent, and the work done to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism, can be found in CONTEST, and in the CONTEST Annual Report. Translations of Prevent’s Executive Summary in Arabic and Urdu are also available.


Last Updated: 25 October 2018