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Duties of trustees relating to terrorism and extremism

Advice and information on key aspects of the UK’s counter-terrorism legislation, including how it may affect charities and their work.

Reference: Charities and terrorism

Guidance on how trustees, staff and volunteers can protect their charity from abuse by those encouraging extremism, terrorism or illegal activity.

Reference: Protecting charities from abuse for extremist purposes

Duty of public bodies to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism

Specific public bodies must, when exercising their respective functions, have aim to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.

This applies to:

  • local authorities
  • prisons
  • schools and childcare providers
  • NHS bodies
  • the police.

Reference: Sections 26–35 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015

The public bodies described above should adhere to the relevant statutory guidance.

Reference: Revised Prevent duty guidance: for England and Wales

Duty of local authorities to have a ‘Channel Panel’ and support people vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism.

Local authorities must organise a panel of local partners to provide support for people who are vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism. Police and local authorities may refer anyone who they have reasonable grounds to believe is vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism to this panel.

The panel will assess an individual’s vulnerability and prepare a plan to reduce their likelihood of being drawn into terrorism.

Reference: Section 36 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, as amended by the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019

Public bodies should adhere to the relevant statutory guidance.

Reference: Channel and Prevent Multi-Agency Panel (PMAP) guidance

Last reviewed: 15 June 2022

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Safeguarding people from involvement in terrorism

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This page was last reviewed for accuracy on 15 June 2022

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