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Preventing Violent Extremism

Extremism

In 2006, the Government published CONTEST, the United Kingdom's long term strategy for countering terrorism.  This strategy is organised around four key work streams;

  • Pursue - to stop terrorist attacks
  • Prevent - to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism
  • Protect - to strengthen our protection against a terrorist attack
  • Prepare - to mitigate the impact of a terrorist attack

Although such occurrences are rare, partner agencies in Pembrokeshire are focused on ensuring that the CONTEST functions become part of everyday business.  The identification of individuals who may be vulnerable to exploitation from extremist groups is as important as identifying those vulnerable to violence or those with health-related issues.  For this reason, regular training sessions are held for groups such as school staff and governors and key professionals working with vulnerable individuals within the County to raise awareness of the Prevent strand of the CONTEST agenda.  Prevent will also be a core training activity for Pembrokeshire County Council staff from 2015.  In addition, an ongoing schedule of multi-agency emergency planning exercises in partnership with our main industrial providers is followed to ensure that plans are in place to provide the most effective response to any incidents that do occur.

The Prevent Violent Extremism Priority in the Single Integrated Plan has beneath it a number of Headline Actions which the Community Safety Partnership will take forward.  These are;

  • Identify individuals who may be vulnerable to exploitation by extremist groups
  • Continue to provide training and awareness to key partners who have regular contact with potentially vulnerable groups
  • Monitor multi-agency emergency planning arrangements to strengthen our overall protection against terrorist attacks

What have we done over the last 12 months?

  • Key partners in a range of service areas including Mental Health, Social Services, NHS, Local Authority Education, Fire and Rescue and Probation have put structures in place to ensure that any individual that is deemed to be vulnerable to the risk of exploitation is discussed and/or referred.
  • Regular CONTEST board meetings are held involving key partners to ensure that they are aware of the local Counter Terrorism situation
  • Key front line staff have attended awareness raising sessions in relation to the Prevent agenda
ID: 31844 Revised: 6/5/2015