Responsibility for counter-terrorism sits within the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism (OSCT), which is part of the Home Office. OSCT provides strategic direction to the UK’s work to counter the threat from international terrorism.
Our primary objective is to protect the public from terrorism by working with others to develop and deliver the UK’s counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST.
To achieve this, we coordinate the activities of many agencies and government departments. We also have direct responsibility for certain aspects of the counter-terrorist strategy.
The OSCT’s main responsibilities are to:
- support the Home Secretary and other Ministers in directing and implementing CONTEST – the government’s strategy for countering international terrorism
- deliver aspects of this strategy directly, through legislation, guidance and funding
- set the strategic government response to terrorism-related crises through the Cabinet Office briefing rooms (COBR) mechanism
- manage the Home Secretary’s statutory relationship with the Security Service
- manage the Olympic and Paralympic safety and security programme for the London 2012 Games.
We also oversee the administration of:
- the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA)
- the Security Service Acts 1989 and 1996 - for more information go to the Security Service website (new window)
- Home Office-related elements of the Intelligence Services Act 1994
We would not be able to carry out our crucial role in national security without the support, contribution and participation of many others.
To contact OSCT, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org