The Prevent strategy is the Government’s response to a rise in terrorist and extremist activity both in other countries, and here in the United Kingdom. It aims to reduce the threat to the UK from terrorism by stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. 

There are three specific strategic objectives:

  • To respond to the ideas that fuel terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote them
  • To prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given the right advice and support
  • To work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation

The Prevent strategy deals with all forms of terrorism and with non-violent extremism, which can create an atmosphere conducive to terrorism and can popularise views which terrorists then exploit.  It also makes clear that preventing people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism requires challenge to extremist ideas where they are used to legitimise terrorism and are shared by terrorist groups. The strategy also means intervening to stop people moving from extremist (albeit legal) groups into terrorist-related activity.

There isn’t a single profile of someone who may be at risk of being drawn into terrorism. People who are vulnerable to becoming involved in terrorism can be any age, from any group, faith, ethnicity or background. As well as religious extremism, the Prevent strategy is also very concerned with political extremism from both the far Left and the far Right, as well as some radical animal rights and environmental activists. The Prevent strategy at Swindon College is about keeping all students, staff and visitors safe from the risks of being drawn into radicalisation/terrorism.

The College has a moral and legal duty to protect students from the risk of radicalisation. Every member of staff at Swindon College has received Prevent training and the Safeguarding Team are always available to help with concerns or issues raised in this area.

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