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PREVENT - Supporting adults at risk of radicalisation

The Prevent Strategy is the governmental initiative that aims to work with vulnerable individuals who may be at risk of:

  • being exploited by radical groups and
  • subsequently drawn into terror related activity.

PREVENT is a statutory duty and all public bodies have a duty to comply.

Staff may become concerned, as a result of changes in behaviour or other signs, that a particular patient may be at risk of radicalisation or of exploitation by a radical group.

Any change in an individual’s behaviour should be viewed as part of a wider picture and not in isolation.

Staff should consider, or discuss with the Safeguarding Adults Team, how reliable or significant these changes are.

Changes that may arouse concern may include:

  • Reports of unusual changes in behaviour, friendships or actions and requests for assistance
  • Indication of vulnerable person being insistently befriended by individuals or groups with radical views
  • Evidence of patients / staff accessing extremist material online
  • Use of extremist or hate terms to exclude others or incite violence; writing or artwork promoting violent extremist messages or images

Any staff member who is concerned that a patient is at risk of radicalisation or may have become radicalised must contact the Safeguarding Adults Team to raise this concern.

Team members are available to:

  • discuss any concerns
  • take them up on behalf of the staff member raising the concern or
  • put the staff member in touch with local and regional advisers with relevant experience and expertise.

Safeguarding Adults Team
Call: 020 3373 0440

Useful resources

Introduction to Prevent e-learning

This e-learning module developed by HM Government offers an introduction to the Prevent duty, and explains how it aims to safeguard vulnerable people from being radicalised to supporting terrorism or becoming terrorists themselves.

This is introductory training and will provide an important foundation on which to develop further knowledge around the risks of radicalisation and the role that you can play in supporting those at risk.

This training addresses all forms of terrorism and non-violent extremism, including far right wing and Islamist extremism threatening the UK.

This e-learning has been developed by HM Government following consultation with a range of individuals and organisations. It has benefitted from the feedback of teachers, local authority officials, community-based groups, youth workers and many others.

You can access the e-learning by first of all registering via the following link:

You will need to register in order to pause or save an existing session and to download a certificate of completion.

The ‘Zak’ CPD Workshop

The 'Zak' CPD Workshop has been designed to raise awareness of online grooming and radicalisation.

This session gives you the opportunity to gain insight into the grooming process and learn about the implications for young people.

CPD workshop - more information

The Community Resilience Team

The Community Resilience Team leads on implementing Prevent in Newham schools.

The team can offer WRAP (Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent) training, support and advice.

They can also offer a wide range of educational resources that are designed to help schools implement the Prevent duty and comply with Ofsted requirements.

Community Resilience Team - more information