Prevent and radicalisation Prevent aims not only to stop people becoming terrorists but to challenge and prevent the support of terrorism, radicalisation and extremism, while at the same time protecting the public.

Introduction

The Prevent strategy is part of the UK Counter-Terrorism Strategy known as Contest. The strategy involves thousands of people – police and intelligence officers, the emergency services, local authorities, businesses, voluntary and community organisations, governments and other partners – working in partnership across the UK and the world to protect the public.

Prevent aims not only to stop people becoming terrorists but to challenge and prevent the support of terrorism, radicalisation and extremism, while at the same time protecting the public. This can include tackling those who support a far right group or who carry out any other extremist activities, as well as those who engage in hate or prejudice-based bullying.

The three key objectives of Prevent are:

  • Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it
  • Prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support
  • Work with sectors and institutions where there is a risk of radicalisation which we need to address

Ideas for you

As a form of safeguarding, ultimately Prevent is everybody’s business.

However, relevant training is a legal requirement for those who work in specified authorities where there are risks of radicalisation that need to be addressed. This refers to public-facing bodies such as local authorities, the NHS, schools, higher education, the probation service and the Police amongst others. 

Prevent aims to ensure that frontline staff are equipped with the knowledge required to recognise those vulnerable to radicalisation, and know the appropriate procedure for reporting those that they think are at risk. Training and awareness is also provided to community groups working with children, young people and adults who are vulnerable.

Act Early is an online service that offers advice on spotting the signs early to reduce prevent risks.

Online Prevent Learning is a training service for people working in sectors covered by the Prevent duty, such as education, health, local authorities, police, prisons, probation and youth justice. Other sectors that are not covered may also complete this training.

Prevent Referral Form– use this referral form if you believe that someone is at risk of radicalisation . You can help them obtain support and prevent them from becoming involved in terrorism by raising your concerns and making a referral. You may have concerns about a potentially vulnerable institution that is being exploited for the purpose of promoting an extremist ideology. In either case, a dedicated team is ready to help.

Things that might help


 Information on Prevent from Safer Cornwall


Educate Against Hate– Trusted information about extremism, race hate and resources for teachers


Act Early – Advice, spotting the signs early to reduce prevent risks.


Online Prevent Learning – This training service is for people working in sectors covered by the Prevent duty, such as education, health, local authorities, police, prisons, probation and youth justice. Other sectors that are not covered may also complete this training.


National police Prevent advice line 0800 011 3764, in confidence, to share your concerns with our specially trained Prevent officers.


Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Prevent Lead: [email protected]


Finding Terrorist related content online STOP Terrorists’ & Extremists’


Devon & Cornwall Police Prevent Team 01392 225130


Find parental control software to safeguard your children online 


South West Grid For Learning Online Safety Facts