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.
Healthcare organisations are key partners in this strategy.
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
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.
The Community Resilience Team leads on implementing Prevent in Newham schools.
Community Resilience Team - more information
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.