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What is Prevent?


Prevent is a national initiative to safeguard children, adults and communities from the threat of terrorism. Prevent is 1 of the 4 elements of CONTEST, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.


What does PREVENT do?


1. Responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views.

2. Provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support.

3. Works with a wide range of sectors (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health) where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to deal with.


Prevent, Pursue, Protect and Prepare


If you have any concerns and would like to discuss them with a member of staff, please speak to any member of the Safeguarding team. 


Radicalisation is the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and extremist ideologies. If you are worried someone close to you is becoming radicalised act early and seek help. The sooner you reach out, the quicker the person you care about can be protected from being groomed and exploited by extremists.


Police forces across the country have specially trained Prevent officers who work with professionals in health, education, local authorities and charities, as well as faith and community groups to help vulnerable people move away from extremism. They are here to listen and offer help and advice. Receiving support is voluntary.


Friends and family are best placed to spot the signs, so trust your instincts and share your concerns in confidence.


They can help if you act early. You won't be wasting police time and you won’t ruin lives, but you might save them.  


To find out more about how to help someone close to you visit