Prevent is one strand of the UK’s wider counter-terrorism strategy known as CONTEST. The strands of the strategy are:

  • Prevent – aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism by safeguarding people and communities
  • Pursue – concerned with the apprehension and arrest of people suspected of being engaged in the planning, preparation or commissioning of terrorism
  • Protect – seeks to strengthen our protection against a terrorist attack and reduce our vulnerability to an attack
  • Prepare – mitigate the impact of a terrorist attack where an attack cannot be stopped

The purpose of Prevent is to safeguard and support people to stop them from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism of any form. It aims to:

  • Tackle the causes of radicalisation and respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism.
  • Safeguard and support those most at risk of radicalisation through early intervention, identifying them and offering support.
  • Enable those who have already engaged in terrorism to disengage and rehabilitate.

What is Prevent and what does it do?

  • Prevent is a service which provides non-compulsory safeguarding support to people who have the final say of accepting support or not.
  • It is about safeguarding. In the same way support is provided to those at risk of becoming involved in gangs, drugs, exploitation, or other forms of harm, individuals susceptible to being groomed into terrorism can also be offered support.
  • Prevent operates within a non-criminal space, intending to pre-empt criminal activity. This ensures the protection of communities and not its criminalisation. Importantly, those who receive support from Prevent do not receive a criminal record.

What does the Prevent team do?

  • Training and supporting frontline staff and specified authorities on issues including: radicalisation, extremism, terrorism and support mechanisms so they can recognise when someone may be at risk and can respond appropriately. Whether this occurs through training, discussion or debate, it is essential to how we work.
  • Through our Prevent Education Officer, we offer tailored support, guidance and advice to those working in the education sector. 
  • Community engagement is key. We work closely with local community and voluntary groups to co-deliver support.

What is Channel and how does it support Prevent?

Channel is the safeguarding panel which supports Prevent. Led by the Local Authority, it is a programme which focuses on supporting people at an early stage who are identified as susceptible to being drawn into terrorism. It ensures people are able to receive support before they are exploited by those wanting them to embrace terrorist related activity.

It is a confidential and voluntary process where multi-agency safeguarding professionals meet to discuss support options. These support options encompass an array of different interventions, addressing educational, vocational, mental health, and other vulnerabilities. Ideological support is also common, which may include discussion with credible ideological experts and faith leaders.

How do I make a referral?

For more information on Prevent and how to get support please look at the Government webpage Get help if you’re worried about someone being radicalised - GOV.UK (

If you are worried about someone being drawn into radicalisation call the Act Early support line on 0800 011 3764 in confidence to share your concern with a specially trained officer open 9-5 every day. What to look for | ACT Early

#iREPORTit is a free app to anonymously report online content promoting violent extremism. Download it today so you’ve got it when you need it.  IOS or Android.

Contact Nottinghamshire Police Prevent Team. Tel: 101 ext. 800 2962/2963 you speak to the team informally before making a full referral too.

If you have any further queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your Local Authority Prevent team:


Call: Amy Goulden, Prevent Coordinator 07818458778