The Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill was presented to Parliament yesterday (Wednesday 26 November 2014). As trailed in a speech by the Home Secretary earlier this week, this introduces a new UK-wide statutory duty for universities and a range of other public bodies including schools, prisons, hospitals and local authorities to ‘have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’. In legislating, the Government’s policy intention is to make delivery of Prevent activity a legal requirement for public bodies and improve the standard of work on the Prevent programme across Great Britain.
The statutory duty will be accompanied by more detailed guidance which will set out the steps institutions will need to take to meet the duty. The accompanying guidance is being drafted by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and will be subject to public consultation in due course.