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, Blackburn with Darwen 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.