Friday, 29 September 2017 10:38

Counter-Terrorism and Extremism

The aim of the Prevent strategy is to reduce the threat to the UK from terrorism by stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (the Act) places a duty on certain bodies (“specified authorities” listed in Schedule 6 to the Act), in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This includes local authorities and Youth Offending Teams.

Counter-terrorism and extremism, which can result from individuals being radicalised are complex subjects and it is essential that all staff and volunteers working with young people and their families have some knowledge around the subject.  Below are the links to available guidance, training, and information about counter-terrorism, extremism and radicalisation on the Resource Hub and YJILS.


The following guidance is available on the Resource Hub:


YJILS has links to the following (please note you will need to log in to YJILS to access the resources) 


The following case study is available on the Resource Hub

Prevent Case Study – Havering YOS


Should you have any concerns or questions about Counter-Terrorism or Prevent you should initially make contact with your local authority Prevent Lead or the Prevent Lead from your local police service. 

Managing Extremism for Under 18s Practice Advice (attached below) has been developed to support Youth Offending Teams in the identification and management of children’s (people under 18-years-old) involvement in extremism. This includes the risks of radicalisation and dealing with those arrested and convicted of Terrorist Act 2000 (TACT) offences.  The attached practice advice also includes definitions of extremism and radicalisation, suggests useful sources of information and support and offers advice in relation to service improvements/considerations. 

For information, Counter-Terrorism Policing Teams and Counter-Terrorism Custody Managers have also been provided with a practice advice document. Their document highlights:

  • the nuances of working with children and young people,
  • the role of Youth Offending Teams,
  •  the role of the placements team
  •  and provides information, relevant to the police, from the Crown Prosecution Service Counter-Terrorism Division.

Wednesday, 07 February 2018 11:24

Prevent Case Study – Havering YOS

Summary: Case study from Havering YOS about a young person whose offence was Inciting Terrorism
Age: 10-17
Sex: n/a
Cost: n/a



  • To share a way of working that has supported a young person with a terrorist related offence to receive the appropriate support and reduce the risk to the public



Attached below is a case study from Havering YOS, in regard to a young person whose offence was Inciting Terrorism. It show cases the importance of multi-agency, partnership working and the positive impact that it can have in reducing the risk of further terror related offences whilst also addressing young person’s learning needs.




YOT: Havering Youth Offending Service
Name: Matthew Knights

Published in Practice Examples
Tuesday, 22 August 2017 09:22

Prevent Duty Guidance

The Prevent Duty Guidance is in regards to the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, which contains a duty on specified authorities to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 15:36

Prevent Tragedies

Prevent Tragedies is a UK police and partners initiative to help prevent people getting drawn into violent extremism and terrorism.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017 09:34

Safeguarding and Radicalisation

Safeguarding and Radicalisation is a research paper, which was developed to uncover a deeper understanding of how Local Authorities were responding to radicalisation. It also begins to gather evidence of emerging practice about what works in social care interventions.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 10:24

Safeguarding Children Returning to UK from Syria

The Department for Education, in collaboration with the Home Office, has produced the attached guidance; Safeguarding Children Returning to UK from Syria.  The guidance is intended to support safeguarding children that are returning to the UK from Syria and minimising the risk they could potentially pose upon their return. 

Serious Case Reviews and Exploitation Through Radicalisation report was commissioned by Brighton & Hove Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) to evaluate multi-agency responses to vulnerable young people at risk of exploitation through radicalisation. It follows the deaths of two brothers, ‘W’ and ‘X,’ in Syria in 2014. They had received services from local agencies in the Brighton & Hove area before leaving the UK.