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Prevent is part of the Government’s Counter Terrorism Strategy known as CONTEST.
The aim of CONTEST is to reduce the risk to the UK and its interests overseas from terrorism, so that people can go about their lives freely and with confidence. This strategy covers all forms of terrorism.
The CONTEST strategy is based on four key elements:
- Pursue: to stop terrorist attacks
- Prevent: to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism
- Protect: to strengthen our protection against a terrorist attack
- Prepare: to mitigate the impact of a terrorist attack
The Prevent Strategy has three key objectives:
- prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support;
- respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it;
- work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation that need to be addressed.
The Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a duty on local government, criminal justice, education, child care, health and social care and the police to all to have 'due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism'. Under the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015, all of the listed agencies – including local authorities and the police – need to have an understanding and awareness of what Prevent is, how to recognise signs of radicalisation, how to report and what will happen to the individual concerned.
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Where to report a concern or something suspicious
If you have a concern about an individual, where you have noticed that changes in behaviour, emotions, ideologies or beliefs have developed into more extreme views, please report it to the national confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline or the local Authority lead:
- National Anti-Terrorist Hotline: 0800-789-321
- Police: 101
- Marc Stephenson, Community Protection Service Manager - Prevent Lead for Stockton: 01642 528439
The Prevent Process
After a referral has been made, a multi-agency meeting known as a Channel Panel is held to discuss the concerns and the current situation that individual is facing.
The Channel process is about looking at early interventions to protect and divert people away from the risk they may face of being drawn into any terrorist-related activity.
This process would consider what vulnerabilities they may have been exposed to and how they are being exploited and drawn into radicalisation. It is an overt process with active involvement from the individual and their families, where support packages are developed to help the identified individuals. The group may look to a bespoke specialist or mentor that could be introduced to the individual to provide them with a better understanding and awareness of a particular viewpoint.
Alternatively, please call the Police Prevent Team on 01642 302028 or 01642 301332.
What is the current National Threat Level?
Threat levels are designed to give a broad indication of the likelihood of a terrorist attack. The national definitions for each threat level are detailed below. The current UK threat level for international terrorism is: SUBSTANTIAL. This means that a terrorist attack is 'highly likely'. It is not set at this level to panic anyone however, it does highlight to us how necessary it is for us to be aware of Prevent, and the need to support and safeguard vulnerable people within our community.
- LOW means an attack is unlikely.
- MODERATE means an attack is possible, but not likely
- SUBSTANTIAL means an attack is a strong possibility
- SEVERE means an attack is highly likely
- CRITICAL means an attack is expected imminently