The process by which a person comes to support extremism and terrorism
Vocal or active opposition to core values such as democracy, the rule of law and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs, often involving terrorism
A violent action against people or property, designed to create fear and advance a political, religious or ideological cause
Ideology is a set of beliefs
How does PREVENT work?
Its aim is to help us get a deeper understanding of how individuals become radicalised and thus help to identify ways of preventing people from becoming terrorists or supporting violent extremism.
What does this mean for us?
Extremism in itself is not illegal but everyone needs to be aware of potential signs of it because it can act as a pathway to terrorism. PREVENT does not aim to criminalise people for holding extreme views; instead, it seeks to stop individuals from encouraging or even committing violent activities (terrorism).
We all have a role to play in PREVENT within our organisations and communities by helping people understand what the strategy aims to achieve.
Terrorism can occur anywhere in the world with atrocities carried out in support of various ideologies. Terrorism can be motivated by a range of ideologies or other factors including religion, politics and race. In the UK extreme right wing groups and single issue groups such as animal rights activists can also pose a significant threat.
People can be drawn in due to:
influence from other people /the internet
criminal activity and anti-social behaviour
victim of race/hate crime
lack of self-esteem or identity
personal or political grievances
Vulnerability can mean different things to different people, in the context of PREVENT we mean individuals who, because of their circumstances, experiences or state of mind are susceptible to a terrorist ideology.
Our Single Point Of Contact (SPOC) for Prevent concerns, can be contacted on: