Prevent is part of the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy known as Contest. The aim of Prevent is to stop people becoming/supporting terrorists/terrorism. Prevent aims to do this in three ways:

  1.    respond to the ideas of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it
  2.    prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and provide appropriate advice and support
  3.    work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of people being drawn into terrorism which we need to address.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

FGM means to remove damage or otherwise disfigure a girl’s labia or clitoris for non-medical reasons. There is no religion that promotes FGM and the practice is rooted in cultural rather than religious belief systems. FGM has persisted for thousands of years which reflect the deep rooted belief systems about hygiene, aesthetics and religion that underpin this practice. To date, there has never been a successful prosecution for an FGM offence in the UK. 

Forced Marriage

A forced marriage is where one or both people do not (or in cases of people with learning disabilities, cannot) consent to the marriage and pressure or abuse is used. Approximately 8,000 to 10,000 forced marriages of British citizens take place every year. Forced marriage is illegal and prosecutions have taken place.

Missing/Absent People

The definition of a missing person, as defined by Avon and Somerset Police is anyone whose whereabouts cannot be established AND:

  •         where the circumstances are out of character
  •         the situation suggests the person may be subject of crime
  •         are at risk of harm to themselves or another person

The definition of an absent person, as defined by Avon and Somerset Police is a person not at a place where they are expected or required to be. Those considered absent are people not presently where they are supposed to be and there is no apparent risk. They may be escalated to the level of "MISSING" if there is a change to the circumstances that has increased the level of risk.

Somerset Drug and Alcohol Partnership (SDAP)

In Somerset we work together with our partner agencies to support people with drug and alcohol issues.

For more information about Somerset Drug and Alcohol Partnership, please visit SDAPs website.