The Counter Terrorism and Security Act was passed in February 2015 and the new law came into force for the health sector, including NHS Trusts and NHS Foundation Trusts, in July 2015, when government guidance was also issued.

NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts are now obliged to ‘have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’, in accordance with the ‘Prevent duty’ outlined in Section 26 of the Act.

The information requested below relates to the Royal Surrey County NHS Foundation Trust’s response to this legislation and the ‘Prevent duty’.
The number of patients and hospital staff that have been reported to the police under the ‘Prevent duty’ since July 2015, broken down by the hospital they were being treated in or worked in, and by hospital department, where this information is available.

1. A breakdown by age, ethnicity, gender and faith of those questioned and reported under the ‘Prevent duty’, where this information is available.

2. The number of patients and staff referred to the Channel programme, broken down by age, ethnicity, gender and faith, where this information is available.

I would like this information in digital format if possible.


It is Home Office policy and NHS Agreement that any Freedom of Information requests on Prevent and Channel should be directed to the central Home Office FOI team and not addressed to specific agencies e.g. Police, Local Authority, NHS.  Therefore, the above request should be redirected as follows:

Home Office, Direct Communications Unit, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF

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