>The Prevent Strand Steps Up

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The government’s revised Prevent counter-terrorism strategy was published today. It outlines that the Home Secretary Theresa May will promise to spend more on identifying threats in prisons, universities and the health service. Plans will be unveiled to prevent computers in schools, libraries and colleges from accessing extremist material on the internet.
 

Mrs May has criticised universities for their “complacency” in tackling Islamic extremism on campus, saying that for too long they have not been sufficiently willing to recognise what is happening.

Lord Carlile of Berriew QC, Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation 2001-10, comments on the issues surrounding Preventing Violent Extremism including outcomes of the Prevent review.

“It is crucial for universities to be able to identify possible threats and be aware of what is happening on campus. National Security will focus on all aspects of securing the nation and is a vital learning opportunity for institutions that are vulnerable to incubating extremism”.

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