Revised prevent duty guidance for Scotland: guidance for specified Scottish authorities on the duty in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism

Document type
Guidance
Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Home Office
Publisher
Home Office
Date of publication
16 July 2015
Subject(s)
Criminal Justice Services
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (the Act) places a duty on certain bodies, listed in Schedule 6 to the Act, to have, in the exercise of their functions, ‘due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’. This guidance is issued under s29 of the Act. The Act states that the authorities subject to the provisions must have regard to this guidance when carrying out the duty.

The duty does not confer new functions on any specified authority. The term ‘due regard’ as used in the Act means that the authorities should place an appropriate amount of weight on the need to prevent people being drawn into terrorism when they consider all the other factors relevant to how they carry out their usual functions. This purpose of this guidance is to assist authorities to decide what this means in practice.

Further details of the Scottish authorities subject to the provisions can be found in the sector-specific sections of this guidance.

This document was revised in July 2015, removing the chapter on further and higher education institutions. This is because 4 new pieces of stand-alone, sector-specific guidance for these institutions were issued.

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