Fundamental British Values And PREVENT: What Are They?

In the wake of the horrific events that happened in London this past week, we’ve all been reminded of the four Fundamental Values that all British people should have. For this week’s article, I thought it would be good to have a general refresher on the topic.

The Fundamental British Values is an element of the PREVENT agenda, which in turn is one-fourth of CONTEST. the UK government’s counter-terrorism strategy.

It is required by law now that all school children and students undergo lessons around the PREVENT agenda. The lessons are designed to ensure students are aware of radicalisation and the signs of it. As a student, I have had first-hand experience with these lessons. as well as school children and students, NHS Staff members are required to do basic PREVENT training.

Inside PREVENT training is the four fundamental British Values, the Values reflect the everyday aspects of life here in the UK. The Four Values are The Rule of Law, Individual Liberties, Tolerance, and Democracy. Let’s Have a look at them .

The Rule Of Law

The rule of law is plain and simple, the UK has laws and we live in accordance with the laws. these laws are designed to ensure that we are free, safe and are able to function with our daily lives. If we Break the laws we can be punished.

Individual Liberties

As we live in a democratic country, we are free to express ourselves within the law, this is our individual liberty. We are able to think free, speak free and act free within the law.


As part of the values, we are required to be tolerant of our peers, regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender or religious faith. We are required to be respectful and tolerant of others. its the British way.


Our Country is the birthplace of the Westminster system of democracy. Where everyone in the UK has a Member of Parlement who works to keeping the country free and in law. as adults, we are all entitled to vote in elections and referendums towards the government.

Those are the four Fundamental British Values are taught, it’s not an easy subject but its got to be done. With the threat of radicalisation and terrorism at a high point now. We have to go through this type of training.

 For more information on both the PREVENT agenda and Fundamental British Values. Let’s Talk about it and the citizen foundation along with the GOV.UK page will help with this.

If you suspect terrorism or radicalisation then report it, even if you are doubtful report it to your local police on 101 or 999.

Thanks for reading this, A normal Article will be back next week until then, For Journaling Thoughts I’m Jordan Dodds. A discussion is welcome in the comments below.


Author: Jordan Dodds

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