October 2020

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Prevent: Safeguarding against radicalisation and extremism

2020 has bought about a significant transformation in how we live our lives. Covid-19 has had an unprecedented effect on social, political and economic norms which has highlighted existing and created new vulnerabilities in individuals, institutions and ideologies.

Prevent must adapt to respond to new risks, whether this be to counter evolving extremist narratives or promote community cohesion both online and offline. We have seen a significant move away from organised terrorist attacks carried out by groups and an increase in individuals committing terrorism through unsophisticated means of violence such as use of a bladed weapon or driving a vehicle into a crowd. We are facing a hidden threat.

The world has changed and safeguarding people from radicalisation and extremism has never been more important.

What are the current Prevent objectives?

  • Tackle the causes of radicalisation and respond to the ideological challenges 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

What are the current definitions of ‘extremism’ and ‘terrorism’?

Extremism: The vocal or active opposition to our fundamental values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We also include in our definition of extremism calls for the death of members of our armed forces.

Terrorism: The use or threat of action, both in and outside of the UK, designed to influence any international government organisation or to intimidate the public. It must also be for the purpose of advancing a political, religious, racial or ideological cause.

The Prevent Duty is concerned with all forms of terrorism and violent/non-violent extremism.

  • Far right extremism
  • Religious extremism
  • Environmental and animal rights extremism
  • Unclear extreme ideologies (School Massacre, InCel)

Prevent 2020 Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Otc2eaRY32s&feature=youtu.be

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