This is not a research-resource. It is a UK Government policy document relating to its strategy to prevent radicalisation to violent action. The documents listed here formed part of the review of the Prevent strategy set up under the previous, Labour, administration. The links are included on this site because they are a central part of UK efforts to tackle and prevent extremism and radicalisation.
The Prevent strategy has been re-focused following a review. The strategy now contains three objectives: to respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat from those who promote it; to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support; and to work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to address.
It is guided by a number of key principles
- Prevent will remain an integral part of the government’s counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST
- Prevent will address all forms of terrorism, including the extreme right wing. However, it is clear that Prevent work must be targeted against those forms of terrorism that pose the greatest risk to our national security. Currently, the greatest threat comes from Al Qa’ida, its affiliates and like-minded groups
- Prevent will tackle non-violent extremism where it creates an environment conducive to terrorism and popularises ideas that are espoused by terrorist groups
- Prevent will make a clearer distinction between our counter-terrorist work and our integration strategy. Prevent depends on the success of that strategy. But the two cannot be confused or merged together. Failure to appreciate the distinction risks securitising integration and reducing the chances of our success
- Prevent must do much better in evaluating and monitoring progress against a common set of objectives. Money has been wasted. That must stop
- public money will not be provided to extremist organisations who do not support the values of democracy, human rights, the rule of law and mutual respect and tolerance of different faith groups.
The strategy now contains three objectives, these are to:
- respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat from those who promote it
- prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support
- work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to address
The Lord Carlile review
Lord Carlile has said that the Prevent strategy has his full support. He said: ‘It provides a template for challenging the extremist ideas and terrorist actions which seek to undermine the rule of law and fundamental British political values and institutions.’
Included here are the strategy, the consultation responses, Lord Carlile’s report on the review and the strategy, the equality impact assessment and an executive summary of the strategy in Arabic.
This is the Prevent strategy, presented to Parliament by the Home Secretary Theresa May in June 2011.
This is 2011 report by Lord Carlile of Berriew on the independent oversight of the Prevent review and strategy. He covers the context of Prevent, the framework, the new strategy, the three objectives and delivery.
This document summarises the responses received for the three-month consultation on Prevent, which began in November 2010. It includes the consultation questions, the submitted written contributions by individuals and groups, and the overall responses from the general public to key Prevent consultation questions.
This equality impact assessment (EIA) covers the aims, objectives and projected outcomes, data collection, stakeholder involvement and consultation, impact assessment and action plan.
This is the executive summary of the Prevent strategy (released in June 2011) in Arabic.
This is the executive summary of the Prevent strategy (released in June 2011) in Urdu.