What is PREVENT?
The Prevent duty is the duty in the Counter- Terrorism and Security Act 2015 for specified authorities who are now obliged by law to have "due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism". This includes local authorities, educational provisions, the health sector, police and prisons.
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.
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
Who can I contact for further information or support?
Newham Adults Multi Agency Safeguarding (MASH) Team
Staff and provider organisations should consider, or discuss with Newham Adults MASH Team, how reliable or significant these changes are.
Team members are available to:
- discuss any potential concerns
- put the staff member in touch with local and regional advisers with relevant experience and expertise.
Call: 020 3373 0440
The Community Resilience Team
The Community Resilience Team leads on implementing the Prevent across London borough of Newham.
The team can offer WRAP (Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent) training, support and advice. They can also offer a wide range of resources that are designed to help services implement the Prevent duty.
Community Resilience Team - more information
How to raise a referral
Anyone, including members of the public or professionals/staff members who are concerned that a person is at risk of radicalisation or may have become radicalised should make a PREVENT referral using our online form:
PREVENT Referral form
The Home Office: Prevent duty guidance
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.
CPD workshop - more information
This session gives you the opportunity to gain insight into the grooming process and learn about the implications for young people.