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Counter Terrorism and the Prevention of Violent Extremism

This is a national priority that the local authority and police must lead on with partners from other organisations. Although the threat of any extremist attack in County Durham is not as significant as in some areas of the country, attacks have taken place in similar areas and therefore all partners need to remain alert.

Why this is priority objective?

CONTEST, the UK's Counter Terrorism strategy, aims to reduce the risk to the United Kingdom and its interests overseas from terrorism, so that people can go about their lives freely and with confidence.

There is a clear structure in place that supports the delivery of the CONTEST Strategy which provides oversight of a multi-agency agenda and performance. Gold (Chief Executive), Silver (Strategic Delivery) and Bronze (Operational) multi-agency groups are in place and are represented by all key sectors that understand the risk of radicalisation and their obligation to ensure terrorist ideologies, and those that promote them, do not go uncontested. It will be important to maintain such a response in order to align with all elements of the national CONTEST strategy.

Our long term priorities are to:

  • Implement the ‘CONTEST’ (national strategy)
  • Challenge extremism and intolerance

PREVENT elearning course

Within County Durham, the Safe Durham Partnership prioritises work to prevent people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. PREVENT is the Government’s strategy to help local areas to understand the threat of terrorism. 

The Safe Durham Partnership has developed a 30 minute elearning course which provides information about the process of radicalisation, how someone might be vulnerable to radicalisation and how staff might discuss or report any concerns.

The PREVENT elearning course training will be available shortly.

PREVENT has a strong link to safeguarding because vulnerable adults and children can be susceptible to radicalisation and recruitment into terrorist organisations.