What is the Prevent Duty?
The Prevent Duty was published by the Government in 2011, as part of our overall counter-terrorism strategy (CONTEST)
CONTEST has 4 main areas;
- PREVENT – aims to stop people becoming/supporting terrorists
- PURSUE – aims to stop and disrupt terrorist attacks through prosecution
- PROTECT – aims to strengthen our protection against attack and reduce vulnerability
- PREPARE – aims to mitigate the impact of an attack that cannot be stopped
What does it mean to me?
¨Staff need to be able able to identify children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation
¨Staff need to know what to do when children are identified
¨If school staff and childcare providers are concerned that an individual might be vulnerable to radicalisation, they can make a referral to the Channel programme. (a multi-agency approach which focuses on providing interventions and support at an early stage to people who are identified as being vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism)
- People vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism can be any age, gender, faith, ethnicity
- Many factors associated with vulnerable people include peer pressure, the internet, bullying, personal/political grievances, family tensions, race or hate crime
How can I help?
- identify patterns of behaviour that show whether a person is engaged in an ideology, is intent on causing harm, or capable of committing violent acts
ENGAGEMENT: psychological hooks-their needs/susceptibilities/motivations/influences
INTENT: signs that a person is ready to use violence to promote their views/achieve aims
CAPABILITY: person has the resources and networks required to cause harm
Course of Action
- Raise your concerns if you identify someone you think is vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism – Channel Police Practitioner, keep a record of decision-making
- Check local process to find out point of contact or Channel Practitioner