Prevent is one strand of the UK’s counter-terrorism strategy known as CONTEST . Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism.
Prevent uses the support of people in our communities to reach those who may be drawn into terrorism, often through extremist views. Prevent is not about catching terrorists. It is about identifying people who are or may be at risk from radicalisation and supporting them to change direction.
Many of those targeted by extremists are vulnerable and Prevent aims to safeguard those adults and young people from harm in the same way we provide support to those at risk of becoming involved in gangs, drugs or other forms of exploitation.
The Prevent strategy covers all forms of terrorism, including far right extremism and non-violent extremism.