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Over the last 20 years, the UK has strengthened its legal framework for preventing terrorism.

The Terrorism Act 2000 (as amended) defines terrorism as the use or threat of action, both in and outside of the UK, designed to influence the government or any international government organisation, or to intimidate the public or a section of the public. To be classified as terrorism, the use of threat or action must seek to advance a political, religious, racial or ideological cause.

The Charity Commission expects all charities to be vigilant, to ensure their premises, assets, staff, volunteers and other resources can’t be used for activities that may, or appear to, support or condone terrorism.

Some charities, like those providing education or childcare, are also required to take steps to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. These duties affect a range of public bodies, and are also sometimes included in the commissioning arrangements between public bodies and charities or voluntary organisations.

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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