Prevent is part of the government’s counter terrorism strategy Contest.

Prevent aims to:

  • stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism
  • identify people who are at risk of radicalisation
  • support individuals to change extremist views
  • safeguard people and communities from the threat of terrorism 

You can read the Prevent strategy from GOV.UK. 

Contact us using the information on this page if you have any queries about Prevent. 

What is extremism

Extremism is defined as vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values. These include democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. 

Radicalisation is the process through which a person gets involved with extremist ideologies. It can result in a person becoming drawn into terrorism. 

People who are identified as being at risk of being drawn into terrorist activities are referred to a multi-agency programme called Channel.

How to spot the signs

A person who is at a vulnerable point in their life may form an attachment to a group or a person without knowing that they are being encouraged into extremist behaviour or terrorism. 

People may:

  • have changes in behaviour and relationships
  • become fixated on an ideology, belief or subject 
  • become isolated from friends and spend more time alone 
  • argue with family members over religious views 
  • spend more time online 
  • show support for extremist groups
  • show feelings of ‘them and us’

Report a concern

You should contact the police if you are concerned that someone you know is involved in promoting extremism or terrorism in any way. 

Call the police on 999 if someone is in immediate danger. 

Call the police on 101 for non-emergencies.

If you are worried about the behaviour of a friend or family member you can call the ACT Early support line on 0800 011 3764 to share your concerns with specially trained officers. 

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