The government announced yesterday that Lord Carlile has been appointed as the Independent Reviewer of the Prevent programme, which safeguards vulnerable people from being drawn into terrorism.
Prevent is one of the four strands of the government’s counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST.
The review will focus on the current delivery of the Prevent programme and make recommendations for the future and is expected to report to Parliament by August 2020.
The head of Counter Terrorism Policing, Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, said: “I am delighted that Lord Carlile, who has a wealth of experience in this field, will take up the vitally important work of reviewing Prevent – which to me is the most important pillar of the government’s counter terrorism strategy.
“When I speak to Prevent practitioners, especially those who work for me, I hear examples of amazing work going on across the country to protect vulnerable people from being drawn into violent extremism.
“We look forward to inviting Lord Carlile to see this work in action, not only because there is a lot to be proud of, but because we also want to grasp this opportunity to learn and improve.”