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by Dr Jonathan Hurlow,
Dr Richard Burrows, Dr Saba Mattar and Dr Shazad Farooq
Last updated: January
Section 26(1) of the Counter-Terrorism and
Security Act 2015 states that specified authorities, including
healthcare bodies, 'must, in the exercise of [their] functions,
have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into
In his assessment of the 2017 attacks in London and Manchester,
Lord Anderson QC highlighted the importance of ensuring that all
suitable individuals are referred to Prevent (part of the
Government's wider CONTEST anti-terrorism strategy) and
that there is a reinforcement of the process and statutory duties
It can be difficult to reflect
objectively about the potential pitfalls and risks that this duty
creates. In its Position Statement PS04/16, The Royal College of
Psychiatrists identified that 'for the psychiatric profession,
these include ethical, clinical, professional-boundary and
confidentiality issues.' This module should equip participants with
the knowledge and opportunities to weigh up these challenges in
keeping with principles of good psychiatric practice.
This module focuses on the contents of
the Professional Practice & Ethics Committee supplemental
position statement: Ethical considerations arising from
the government's counter-terrorism strategy. Supplement to:
Counter-terrorism and psychiatry (PS04/16S) (RCPsych, 2017a).
It is recommended that you also complete the Level 3 Working to
Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP) training; this training
should be provided by your employing health trust if you work in
Additionally you can complete the following e-LfH
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A guide to
clinical ethics in psychiatry by Dr Steve Pearce and Dr Jacinta
aspects of homicide by Dr Darran Bloye and Dr Anna
psychiatry: Part 1 and Part 2 by Dr
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