The CONTEST strategy, which contains the Prevent Duty, was renewed in 2018 to meet the current risk and threat points and reflect on learning from the 2017 terrorist attacks.

The revised Prevent Duty has the following objectives:

  • tackle the causes of radicalisation and respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism
  • safeguard and support Individuals most at risk of radicalisation through early intervention, identifying them and offering support
  • enable those who have already engaged in terrorism to disengage and rehabilitate.Like all local authorities, Hyndburn Borough Council has a legal duty to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015.
  • We work with local partners to protect the public, prevent crime and to promote strong, integrated communities.


Further guidance:

  • Online training for front line staff – an introduction to the Prevent duty, which explains how it aims to safeguard vulnerable people from being radicalised to supporting terrorism or becoming terrorists themselves.
  • Childnet: Trust Me resource for schools – an excellent classroom resource which can support addressing online extremism and propaganda through digital literacy. The resource aims to provoke discussion among students so as to challenge young people to think critically about what they see online and is available with both primary and secondary lesson plans.
  • Online radicalisation guidance for schools – developed by Lancashire Safeguarding Children Board colleagues to support addressing online radicalisation as part of the broader online safeguarding agenda in schools. The guidance provides a number of considerations and recommendations for schools as well as signposts to a range of freely-available supporting tools and resources.
  • Vodafone: Digital Parenting (Issue 5) – The Parent Zone in association with Vodafone have released the latest version of the highly recommended Digital Parenting magazine. The resource is free to access online and contains useful and practical information on a variety of subjects (issue 5 contains reference to digital resilience).
  • NSPCC NetAware – a really useful resource guide to help adults stay up to date with the social networks children use. The resource highlights various popular social media apps and provides an explanation of what it is, age ratings, why it is popular and points to be aware of.
  • Childnet: Crossing the Line – the PSHE Toolkit – a highly recommended toolkit resource to use with students aged 11-14 containing films, lesson plans, guidance and worksheets to explore and address online issues such as sexting, self-esteem, peer pressure and cyberbullying.
  • Supporting children worried about terrorism – NSPCC advice that can help parents talk to children worried about terrorism.