Prevent is the Government's counter-terrorism strategy. Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism and about early intervention to protect and divert people away from the risk they may face at an early opportunity. Agencies already work with individuals vulnerable to being drawn into criminal activity such as drugs, knife or gang crime.
Patients, service users and staff who are at risk of radicalisation should be considered as vulnerable persons in the context of the existing safeguarding agenda. As such, radicalisation should be considered as a form of abuse in a similar way to exploitation, intimidation and coercion which are familiar terms to healthcare professionals involved in safeguarding adults and children.
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 and Prevent Multi-Agency Panel (PMAP) process (link goes to GOV.UK website).
•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.