Prevent is one strand of the government’s counter terrorism strategy known as CONTEST. There are four strands to the strategy:

  • Prevent: is concerned with working in partnership to reduce support for terrorism of all kinds; to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support.

  • Pursue: is concerned with the apprehension and arrest of any persons suspected of being engaged in the planning, preparation and commission of a terrorist act.

  • Protect: aims to strengthen our protection against a terrorist attack and reduce our vulnerability to such attacks.  This involves managing the risks to crowded places and the safeguarding of hazardous materials.

  • Prepare: seeks to mitigate the impact of a terrorist attack where that attack cannot be stopped. This includes work to bring a terrorist attack to an end and to increase our resilience so we can recover from its aftermath.