Do you have concerns about someone being radicalised?

Call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321

 or email


What is Prevent?

Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism. Prevent is 1 of the 4 elements of CONTEST, the Governments counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.  

CONTEST has four strands often known as the four P’s:

PREVENT:         To stop people becoming terrorists or supporting violent extremism.

PURSUE:           To stop terrorist attacks through disruption, investigation and detection.

PREPARE:        Where an attack cannot be stopped, to mitigate its impact.

PROTECT:    To strengthen against terrorist attack, including borders, utilities, transport infrastructure and crowded places. 


The Prevent Strategy:

  • Responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views.
  • Provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support
  • 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 covers all forms of terrorism and extremism ad some aspects of non-violent extremism. The Home Office works with local authorities, a wide range of government departments, and community organisations to deliver the Prevent strategy. The police also play a significant role in Prevent, in much the same way was as they do when taking a preventative approach to other crimes.

For further information, please click on the following links:

Prevent Strategy -the Government Prevent Strategy

Contest – The UK’s Strategy for Counter-Terrorism

Definitions for Prevent, Extremism, Radicalisation and Channel


Prevent uses a range of measures to challenge extremism including:

  • Supporting people who are at risk of being drawn into terrorist or extremist activity through the Channel process
  • Working with and supporting community groups and social enterprise projects who provide services and support to vulnerable people
  • Working with faith groups and institutions to assist them in providing support and guidance to people who may be vulnerable
  • Supporting local schools, local industry and partner agencies through engagement, advice and training.


Let’s Talk About It

Let’s Talk About It is an initiative designed to provide practical help and guidance to the public in order to stop people becoming radicalised or supporting terrorism.

Let’s Talk About It has been created to provide a greater understanding of the support Prevent can offer and to challenge division and negativity in our communities through positive and effective attitude changes. By highlighting the issues and initiating discussions around the potential threats some communities face, they aim to create greater understanding and wider awareness.
Click on the image below for more information:


STOP Terrorists’ & Extremists’ Online Presence – Report it:

Tackling extremist material is important to protect the public and prevent offences that incite or promote terrorism and extremism. The internet and social media provides many opportunities for those with extreme views to target young or vulnerable individuals. The Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit put considerable effort into removing terrorist and extremist material however communities defeat terrorism, which is why we must maintain the strong relationship between the public and police. The police depend on information from the public in our efforts to keep us all safe and we are asking anyone who has concerns about online content to report it by clicking the STOP Terrorists’ & Extremists’ Online button.

LogoStrap-0.25-size STOP online mat


Advice to Parents and Carers doc:

Keeping Children and Young People Safe from Radicalisation and Extremism

Prevent for schools doc:

Information and resources for schools on preventing and radicalisation and extremism

CT campaign leaflet doc:

Information and advice for women and girls travelling to Syria.

Generic ATH and 101 doc:

Printable poster with information and advice on who to contact if you fear someone you know may have been radicalised or Is thinking of travelling to a conflict zone

Internet Safety doc:

Printable poster on how to report if you find terrorist related information on the internet.

Channel Summary doc:

Information on how Channel can be used as an early intervention for those at risk of extremism to help individuals make positive choices about their lives

Radicalisation doc:

Information on how to recognise when someone in your community is at threat of being radicalised.

Prevent Poster

Printable Prevent Campaign poster with key contact information

Prevent & Channel Leaflet

Printable Prevent & Channel leaflet explaining the referral process and providing useful contact information for agencies