Safeguarding people and communities

Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism. Prevent is one of the four elements of CONTEST, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

The Home Office works with local authorities, a wide range of government departments, and community organisations to deliver the Prevent strategy. The Police also play a significant role in Prevent, in much the same way as they do when taking a preventative approach to other crimes.

Prevent uses a range of measures to challenge extremism including:

  • Supporting people who are at risk of being drawn into terrorist or extremist activity through the Channel process
  • Working with and supporting community groups and social enterprise projects who provide services and support to vulnerable people
  • Working with faith groups and institutions to assist them in providing support and guidance to people who may be vulnerable; and
  • Supporting local schools, local industry and partner agencies through engagement, advice and training.

Colchester Borough Council’s Director of Partnerships has commissioned a PREVENT Strategy to set out the Partnership’s strategic aims over the period 2016-19 which was agreed in February 2016. To find out more about Colchester Borough Council’s role please contact

For more information follow the links below.

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Let’s Talk About It

Essex Police Prevent

GOV.UK Counter-terrorism policy

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