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Prevent Team Q&As

On this page you will find the questions the Prevent Team is most frequently asked, as well as their responses.

If you have a question for the Prevent Team surrounding any of the issues within these pages, please fill out the form found on this link to let us know.

To help others, the questions and answers will be made available below, unless you state that you do not want your question to be published.

Q.   Is Prevent about spying on communities?

A.  Prevent is not about spying on or gathering intelligence on innocent people. Prevent was not designed to gather intelligence, nor has this become its purpose.

Prevent involves working with and supporting vulnerable individuals. In some cases, this is best achieved by sharing information held by Prevent partners at a local level, usually with the consent of the individual.

It can be lawful to share information between partners for Prevent purposes. Information Sharing Agreements (ISAs) operate in the Prevent context just as they do in the areas of work done to stop people becoming involved in drugs, gangs and so on.

Q.     Can you explain what Prevent work does?

  • Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and those who promote it. At one end of the spectrum this means taking action against those who have broken the law. It means excluding people who wish to come to this country to promote violence or extremist views. It also means ensuring that people engaged in radicalisation do not take advantage of public spaces – libraries, education, prisons to name just three – and their activities are restricted. It will sometimes mean public challenge to people who for too long have been able to get away with propaganda activity here.
  • Prevent vulnerable people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support. We will build on the successful multi-agency ‘Channel’ programme, which identifies and provides support for people at risk of radicalisation.
  • Work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation. Such as education, healthcare providers, faith groups, charities and the wider criminal justice system, including the vital issue if the internet.


Do you need a quick answer to a general question? Then we recommend you visit the national Ask The Police web site.