This Practice Note examines the combined effect of key terrorism legislation, explaining the powers conferred on the government to protect the UK from terrorism and the interaction with criminal law and human rights.
This Practice Note outlines the scope and content of the statutory duty on certain public authorities to have due regard for the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism in the exercise of their functions (known as the ‘Prevent duty’). It covers the duty in the context of the government’s overall counter-terrorism strategy (CONTEST) and the Prevent strategy. It also considers the application of the duty to local authorities, schools, childcare providers, the health sector, prisons, probation and the police.
This checklist provides a step by step guide to dealing with a challenge under the Human Rights Act 1998, including the defences of lawful interference with qualified rights and acting pursuant to legislation.
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