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The Prevent strategy, published by the Government in 2011, is part of the Governments overall counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST. The aim of the Prevent strategy is to reduce the threat to the UK from terrorism by stopping people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 reflects the aim as the need to “prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.

The Act places a duty on certain bodies, in the exercise of their functions, to ‘have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. Prevent therefore works in the pre-criminal space to divert individuals before they put themselves or others at risk of harm.

Prevent strategy – reducing the risk of radicalisation and threat of terrorism aims to:

  1. Stop people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism
  2. Raise awareness to all healthcare staff that Prevent is part of the existing safeguarding responsibilities
  3. Know how to identify and refer vulnerable individuals for support in a pre-criminal space by:
    1. Recognising vulnerable children, young people and adults who may be at risk of radicalisation see vulnerability factors
    2. Working in partnership with other agencies through Channel to reduce risk and protect the individual; and
    3. Provide adequate and necessary support as part of a proportionate multi-agency response to any concerns. 
  4. Radicalisation is a process, not a one off event.
  5. There is no single profile of a terrorist – there is no checklist to measure someone against
  6. Prevent is not about race, religion or ethnicity – the programme aims to prevent the exploitation of vulnerable individuals


Our policy and procedure can be accessed here.

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Roles and responsibilities

Solihull CCG Prevent Lead is the Head of SafeguardingDesignated Nurse for Safeguarding and is responsible for ensuring reporting on CCG Prevent referrals and training rate to the Department of Health through the health regional Prevent co-ordinators (RPCs).Within Solihull CCG, Prevent issues are managed through the terms of reference of the Solihull CCG Safeguarding Management Group, and exception reporting directly to the Solihull CCG Quality, Safeguarding & Experience Committee.

The Prevent Lead/Designated Nurse for Safeguarding provides specialist support, advice and signposting to staff and volunteers on Prevent cases and issues. Solihull CCG Commissioners (and/or delegated commissioners) are responsible for ensuring service specifications, invitations to tender and services contracts fully reflect safeguarding requirements, including Prevent. When reviewing contracts, commissioners should ensure that a review of performance on safeguarding is included in the reporting requirements and any issues on Safeguarding, including Prevent are reported to the Head of Safeguarding / Prevent Lead.

Solihull CCG Managers/Practice Leads (or their delegated safeguarding champion) and Volunteer Co-ordinators are responsible for the support and supervision to their teams on Prevent matters. All staff are responsible for ensuring that their practice is compliant with the Solihull CCG and/or employers Prevent policies and procedures, and the relevant multi agency and NHS protocols on Prevent. All staff should take responsibility to effectively share relevant and proportionate information within Prevent and Channel within existing policies and protocols and in relation to DoH Practical Guidance on the application of Caldicott Guardian Principles to Domestic Violence (2012). All staff and volunteers have a responsibility to identify and immediately report any concerns that an individual is planning or undertaking a terrorist act.

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