The role of our Prevent Team officers is to provide practical support to tackle the problem of terrorism and extremism at its roots and prevent vulnerable people and communities from being drawn into terrorism. This includes far-right extremism and some aspects of non-violent extremism.
We work with a range of partners including:
schools and colleges
community groups, including women’s groups and youth groups
If you have concerns about any of your friends, neighbours or relatives, you can tell us about them by clicking the 'Prevent referral form' below to complete our quick and simple online form. If it's an emergency, please call 999.
We’ll attend your event to make sure our communities understand the work we’re doing and have a say in the way we do it.
We’ll tell you more about the signs and behavioural changes to look out for in someone who might be becoming involved in terrorism or extremism and explain who might be at risk.
We also have a youth forum to communicate directly with young people – the youngest person convicted of terrorism-related offences in this country in recent years was 16, and just 15 and at school when they were recruited by a terrorist group.
If you'd like to contact us regarding youth engagement or be part of our forum, pease call the Prevent Team on 0300 122 8694.
What happens next
Anyone who’s referred to the Prevent team is assessed by the police and local authority to see if they’re suitable for Channel, the specialist support scheme.
The scheme includes theological or ideological mentoring alongside help with mental health, emotional and drug or alcohol abuse issues, as well as education and career advice.
More about Prevent
Prevent isn’t about spying on our communities. It isn’t targeted at religion – extremists can come from any background. It’s not about blame. There’s no hidden agenda to criminalise any individual or to target any community or group.
Find out more at Prevent Tragedies, including information for anyone who’s thinking of, or knows anyone who’s thinking of, travelling to Syria, Iraq or other war zones.