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Prevent

The Counter Terrorism strategy involves many organisations, including the Police, emergency services, local authorities, businesses, voluntary and community organisations and other partners - working together across the UK to protect the public.

Prevent is a core part of the UK Counter-Terrorism strategy. 

The strategy has four elements:

Pursue- to stop terrorist attacks

Protect- to strengthen our protection against terrorist attack

Prepare- where an attack cannot be stopped, to lessen its impact

Prevent - to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism

What does this mean?

Prevent is about identifying people who may be at risk of radicalisation and supporting them to change direction in a way that will help them.

It is about working with communities to help them support vulnerable people and build resilience against groups or individuals who seek to create divisions and cause harm.

There are only a very small number of people who support terrorist activity, or are likely to. The vast majority of people, in all communities, want to see terrorism prevented, and want to play their part as good citizens in helping to make that happen.

Prevent work covers all forms of extremism and terrorism and operates in in the Non-criminal space.

Prevent strategy has three specific strategic objectives.

  • Ideology - challenging the ideology that supports terrorism and those that support it.
  • Individuals - protecting vulnerable people from getting involved in or supporting terrorism
  • Institutions - supporting sectors & institutions where there are risks of radicalisation

What is happening in Lincolnshire? 

Community engagement

Lincolnshire’s approach to Prevent will be to help communities to identify and challenge violent extremism in an appropriate way. Community engagement will also help to identify the local, national or international issues and events that may drive people to support violent extremist causes.

Training

Prevent work includes training staff who work in communities or with individuals and families to spot people who may be at risk of supporting terrorism or extremism and refer them for support (for example to Channel). This is similar to safeguarding people who may be at risk from abuse or grooming.

Home Office e-learning

The e-learning draws on the key elements of the Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP) to deliver an e-learning based training tool which is more accessible for the range of people who now have responsibilities or have an interest in preventing people being drawn into terrorism following the commencement, last July 2015, of the Prevent statutory duty.

Opportunities for communities to debate issues relating to extremism

Prevent work will include opportunities for people to learn about, debate and question issues that can be linked to extremism. As the UK faces a continuing threat from both international and domestic terrorism, no one is better placed than members of the public to notice extremist activity within their own community.

Running a support programme

The programme, called ‘Channel’ assesses people who are vulnerable to terrorism or supporting terrorism and are provided with multi-agency support. Individuals referred to this programme are not criminals, but may be at risk of committing an offence if not supported.  Participation in Channel is voluntary and requires consent to be given by the individual (or their parent/guardian in the case of a child) in advance of support measures being put in place.

For more information on the Channel process, please go to this website.

Terrorist or extremist activity can be recognised in a variety of forms and just a few of them include:

  • Giving out leaflets or displaying posters that carry a violent extremist message
  • Looking at violent extremist forums or websites, perhaps in internet cafes
  • Extremist groups meeting in private or community centres
  • Watching terrorist or violent extremist promotional videos

If you need advice or information, please contact:

Lincolnshire County Council’s Prevent Officer on 01522 555367 or via email at prevent@lincolnshire.gov.uk

Lincolnshire Police Prevent Team on 01522 885350 or via email prevent@lincs.pnn.police.uk

Report it

If you are concerned that someone you know is being drawn into terrorism or extremism, then report to prevent@lincs.pnn.police.uk or complete the Channel Referral Form and email to channel@lincs.pnn.police.uk

For immediate threats, such as a suspicious package or vehicle always call 999.

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Last updated: 23 March 2017

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