What is PREVENT?
CONTEST is UK’s counter-terrorism strategy launched 2006 to combat violent and non-violent extremism. It is a four-pronged strategy that includes:
- Protect: To strengthen our protection against terrorist attacks
- Prepare: Where an attack cannot be stopped, to mitigate against its circumstances
- Pursue: To stop terrorist attacks
- Prevent: to reduce the number of people becoming or supporting violent extremists, bottom of the pyramid, operates in the pre-criminal space
Prevent is unique in that it operates in the pre-criminal space, i.e. before a crime has been committed. Prevent revolves around the below three stands of work:
- Ideology: Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it
- Individuals: Prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support
- Institutions: Work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation which we need to address
Since July 2015, section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 has come into effect, thus rendering Prevent a statutory duty for local authorities, educational provisions, the health sector, police and prisons.
This, in effect, means all of these sectors are now obliged by law to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism."
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.