The Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places wide-ranging duties on specified authorities to understand the risks, ensure that staff can recognise the signs that someone may be vulnerable to radicalisation and put in safeguarding mechanisms so that those who are vulnerable to radicalisation have access to intervention and support. Specified authorities are: Local Authorities, Schools, Further & Higher Education, NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts, Prisons and Probation, Community Rehabilitation Companies and the Police.

The government’s Counter Terrorism Strategy is called Contest. It has four objectives:

  • Pursue – To stop terrorist attacks (the remit of the police and security services)
  • Prevent – To stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism
  • Prepare – Where we cannot stop an attack, to mitigate its impact
  • Protect – To strengthen our overall protection against terrorist attacks

Factsheet: Preventing people being drawn into terrorism (PDF, 316kb)

Key messages

  • In 2015, there were 11,774 recorded terrorist attacks in 92 countries. This represents a reduction of 13% compared with 2014. However, this reduction is largely as a result of fewer attacks in Iraq, Pakistan and Nigeria.
  • Throughout 2015, the UK threat level from international terrorism, set by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre, has remained at ‘SEVERE’, meaning an attack here is highly likely.

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