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Contest and Prevent

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Our response to counter-terrorism is built on an approach that unites the public and private sectors, communities, citizens and overseas partners around the single purpose to leave no safe space for terrorists to recruit or act. Our strategy, CONTEST, is the framework that enables us to organise this work to counter all forms of terrorism. CONTEST’s overarching aim remains to reduce the risk to the UK and its citizens and interests overseas from terrorism, so that our people can go about their lives freely and with confidence. (CONTEST the United Kingdom’s Strategy for Countering Terrorism June 2018)

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

What is Prevent?

Prevent forms a vital part of CONTEST.

The purpose of Prevent is at its heart to safeguard and support vulnerable people to stop them from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. Our Prevent work also extends to supporting the rehabilitation and disengagement of those already involved in terrorism. Prevent works in a similar way to programmes designed to safeguard people from gangs, drug abuse, and physical and sexual abuse. Success means an enhanced response to tackle the causes of radicalisation, in communities and online; continued effective support to those who are vulnerable to radicalisation; and disengagement from terrorist activities by those already engaged in or supporters of terrorism.

The objectives of Prevent are to:

  • Tackle the causes of radicalisation and respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism.
  • Safeguard and support those most at risk of radicalisation through early intervention, identifying them and offering support.
  • Enable those who have already engaged in terrorism to disengage and rehabilitate.

We aim to empower all communities to stand up to the small minority who support violent extremism.

Prevent is not about spying on people or stigmatising and criminalising individuals and communities. It is about working with communities to identify individuals who may be susceptible to being drawn toward a path of violent extremism. Our aim is to provide support to such individuals to divert them away from violent extremism before they commit any criminal acts.

If you are concerned about an individual complete our EMSOU SB Prevent Referral Form and email it to the Prevent team.

If you need guidance or advice please do not hesitate to contact us by email via prevent@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk or call ext. 800 2963 or 800 2965.

Prevent and partner agencies 

The aim of the Prevent strategy is to help local authorities, community safety partners and others to develop and implement effective actions that will make their communities safer, reducing the risk from terrorism and violent extremism and making Nottinghamshire is a safer place for all.

Experience has shown that the best results are achieved by:

  • partnerships and community engagement – getting the right people working together
  • understanding the challenge and its context
  • developing an effective action plan
  • managing risk
  • tracking progress and evaluating success
  • sharing learning

The Prevent Partnership Steering Group has been established to coordinate activity across Nottinghamshire. This group leads and directs on known Prevent issues, including developing plans to implement the national Prevent agenda.

Membership currently includes:

  • local authority representatives from the city and county, children's services (youth/schools) and adult services
  • Further Education (FE) and Higher Education (HE) including Nottingham University, Nottingham Trent University and New College Nottingham
  • probation and prison services.
  • Nottingham City Primary Care Trust.
Let's talk about it - Working together to prevent terrorism

To find out more, call the Prevent Team on 800 2963/65 or email the Prevent team prevent@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk.

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