General Article Prevent: UK’s Counter Terrorism Strategy

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What is Prevent?

Prevent is one part of the UK’s CONTEST Counter Terrorism Strategy. It includes four sections:

  • Pursue: to stop terrorist attacks
  • Prevent: to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism
  • Protect: to strengthen protection against a terrorist attack, and
  • Prepare: to mitigate the impact of a terrorist attack.

Prevent is unique in that it involves all parts of Government such as the Home Office, the Cabinet Office, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development.

When was Prevent released?

The revised Prevent Strategy was released in June 2011 with the full CONTEST Strategy being released in July 2011. These are the third versions of both strategies.

Why now?

The need for an up-to-date strategy is reflected in both the British threat level, where there is continuing risk of a terrorist attack (for example:

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