Counter-terrorism:Written question - 51248

Q
Asked by Chris Evans
(Islwyn)
Asked on: 31 October 2016
Home Office
Counter-terrorism
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Prevent Strategy in countering radicalisation.
A
Answered by: Mr Ben Wallace
Answered on: 29 November 2016

Prevent is a key part of the UK’s counter-terrorism strategy (CONTEST). Prevent safeguards and supports individuals who are vulnerable to exploitation for radical purposes. Prevent is working. It is has made a significant impact in preventing people being drawn into terrorism.

Working with industry and the police we have secured the removal of 220,000 pieces of terrorist material since February 2010. Since 2012, over 1000 people have received support through our Channel programme which safeguards those most at risk of radicalisation. More than 150 attempted journeys to the Syria/Iraq conflict area were disrupted in 2015. This includes action by the family courts. The courts have protected 50 children (from around 20 families) from being taken to the conflict area in 2015. To build resilience in communities against radicalisation in 2015/16, we have delivered 142 projects reaching over 42,000 participants.

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