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Prevent guidance for Health Boards

Prevent is a part of CONTEST the UK Government's counter-terrorism strategy. It is led by the Home Office and supported by the Scottish Government. 

The Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates and NHSScotland have a key role to play in supporting the delivery of Prevent, which is about recognising when individuals, particularly those who are vulnerable, are being exploited for terrorist-related purposes, and responding effectively in partnership with other statutory agencies when concerns arise.

Aimed at Health Board leaders and managers, this guidance explains the processes around radicalisation and exploitation. It highlights how the organisation should prepare to support (vulnerable) individuals in contact with healthcare services, who may be at risk of being drawn into involvement in violent extremism and terrorism, before they become involved in criminal actions or plans. It does not change the role of Health Boards or healthcare practitioners.

This Guidance suggests that Health Boards review existing arrangements for protecting vulnerable adults and children as a starting point, and consider adapting them to deliver Prevent objectives so that Prevent is mainstreamed into frontline healthcare services.

Playing our Part - Prevent Guidance for Health Boards - January 2015