Policy and Strategy

The UK has a Counter Terrorism strategy called ‘CONTEST which aims to reduce the risk to the UK and its interests overseas from terrorism, so that people can go about their lives freely and with confidence.

The strategy has four work streams, each comprising a number of key objectives:-
• Pursue: to stop terrorist attacks;
• Prevent: to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism;
• Protect: to strengthen our protection against a terrorist attack; and
• Prepare: to mitigate the impact of a terrorist attack.

The Prevent strategy, itself was revised by the Government in 2011, with the aim of reducing the threat to the UK from terrorism by stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

The strategy has three specific strategic objectives: (the three I’s)
•    Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it;
•    Prevent individuals from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support; (the Channel support programme) and  
•    Work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to address.

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