Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism

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This article is part of the Counter-Terrorism Portal project of Spinwatch.

The Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism (OSCT) is a directorate within the Home Office which leads work on counter-terrorism in the UK. It is part of the UK intelligence community. In April 2021 with little fanfare the OSCT became the Homeland Security Group within the Home Office.

As of October 2009, it reported to Home Secretary Alan Johnson and Minister of State Phil Woolas.[1]

According to the Guardian, the OSCT is 'widely regarded in Whitehall as being an intelligence agency'.[2] The Office's head, Charles Farr, is a former senior intelligence officer, as is another un-named senior officer.[2] In 2010 the OSCT website stated (prior to the incoming Cameron government) that one of its official functions was to 'manage the Home Secretary’s statutory relationship with the Security Service'[3]

Preventing Violent Extremism

The OSCT, for the year 2009-10, has a total funding of £8.5 million in relation to preventing violent extremism.[4]

The OSCT in 2009-10 is providing £5.6 million of direct funding to the National Offender Management System in regards to a programme of preventing violent extremism and radicalisation. This programme, however, spans across the entire Contest 2 strategy.[5]

The Youth Justice Board is in receipt of £3.5 of this £5.6 million and is delivering Prevent programmes through Youth Offending Teams.[6]

The OSCT spent £600,000 on the Channel Programme in 2006-07 and has spent £1 million in 2008-09. [7]




  1. About us, Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism, Home Office, accessed 17 October 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Vikram Dodd, Government anti-terrorism strategy 'spies' on innocent,, 16 October 2009.
  3. Home Office. Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism About us, This snapshot taken on 19/04/2010, shows web content selected for preservation by The National Archives, accessed 16 January 2011.
  4. Home Office Freedom of Information Request 12172 - accessed 17/11/09
  5. Delivering the Prevent Strategy: An Updated Guide for Local Partners HM Government, August 2009, p. 26 - accessed 17/11/09
  6. ibid
  7. House of Commons Hansard, Column 1376W 22 July 2008 - accessed 18/11/09