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CTS ACT 2015 and the Prevent Duty

The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 contains a duty on specified authorities; including local authorities, schools, FE HE institutions, police etc 'to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism' including Channel. This is also known as the Prevent duty.

The Prevent Duty came into force for most specified authorities on 1 July 2015 and on 14 September for FE HE institutions. The duty places a statutory responsibility on the following specified authorities:

  • Local authorities + others who are carrying out a function of a local authority under section 15 of the Local Government Act 1999
  • Police
  • Probation and Prisons
  • Health
  • Schools (LA maintained, non maintained special schools, maintained nursery schools, independent schools (academies and free schools), alternative provision academies, Pupil Referral Units, registered early and later years childcare providers, providers of holiday schemes for disabled children, persons exercising LA functions under direction of the Secretary of State when LA is performing inadequately)
  • Colleges and Universities

The Prevent duty focuses on the following themes:

  1. Leadership and governance – Senior leadership teams and elected members understand the risk of radicalisation in the local area, promote the importance of the duty and have oversight of its delivery
  2. Working in partnership – An appropriate multi agency group should agree risk and coordinate Prevent activity. This group should include the membership of local Prevent coordinators
  3. Risk assessment – Local understanding of risk should be assessed through existing restricted Counter Terrorism Local Profiles (CTLPs) produced for very region by the police. This will include violent and non violent extremism add link to home office's CTLP page ADD LINK
  4. Action plan – The local risk assessment should inform the contents of a Prevent action plan which is established through the local multi agency group. These action plans will identify, prioritise and facilitate delivery of projects, activities or specific interventions to reduce the risk of people being drawn into terrorism
  5. Staff training - Prevent related training is available to appropriate staff across the partnerships to help build awareness of Prevent, vulnerabilities associated with radicalisation and extremism, local referral pathways and the support available.
  6. Use of public resources and IT policies – Ensure that publicly-owned venues and resources do not provide a platform for extremists and are not used to disseminate extremist views. This includes considering whether IT equipment available to the general public should use filtering solutions that limit access to terrorist and extremist material. Ensure that organisations who work with the local authority and other specified authorities on Prevent are not engaged in any extremist activity or espouse extremist views.
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