PREVENT: anti-terrorism and anti-radicalisation of vulnerable people

If you encounter terrorist information, pictures or videos on the internet you can report these directly to the Home Office by clicking the button on the below right. Examples of illegal terrorist or extremist content include:

  • Speeches or essays calling for racial or religious violenceREPORTONLINE
  • Videos of violence with messages of ‘glorification’ or praise for terrorists
  • Postings inciting people to commit acts of terrorism or violent extremism
  • Messages intended to stir up hatred against any religious or ethnic group
  • Bomb-making instructions

Specialist officers will assess the information, and where appropriate investigate the website or work with partners to remove it.

What is PREVENT?

The PREVENT strategy, published by the Government in 2011, is part of its overall counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST. The aim of the PREVENT strategy is to reduce the threat to the UK from terrorism by stopping people becoming terrorists, supporting or being drawn into terrorism and extremism.

The most serious threat we face in the UK is from international terrorism groups linked to or influenced by Al-Qaeda (AQ) and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL); who wrongly use religion to justify their actions. However, terrorism can be motivated by a range of ideologies or other factors, including religion, politics and race.  In the UK extreme right wing groups and single issue groups such as animal rights campaigners can pose a significant threat.

Definitions of the terms used in PREVENT.

What does this mean for the NHS and me?

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults is everyone’s responsibility. There are well-established statutory duties within Section 11 of the Children Act 2004 for organisations and individuals to ensure their functions (including any that are contracted out) to have regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Preventing someone from being radicalised in to becoming a terrorist, or from supporting terrorism, is no different from safeguarding vulnerable individuals from other forms of harm or exploitation.

Prevent does not require staff to do anything outside of what is required during the course of their usual duties. If concerns come to light that a vulnerable individual is being exploited in this way, those concerns need to be acted on appropriately.

How can Prevent help?

By identifying people who at risk of becoming terrorists, supporting or being drawn into terrorist or/and extremist behaviour vulnerable adults and children can be supported by the Channel programme. The programme uses a multi-agency approach to protect vulnerable people by:

  •  identifying individuals at risk;
  • assessing the nature and extent of that risk; and
  • developing the most appropriate support plan for the individuals concerned

You can make a referral to the Channel team using existing safeguarding agencies such as MARAT or you can email Trafford CCG’s Safeguarding Team and request a referral form. Referrals will be forwarded to the Channel Team for triage. If referrals meet the Channel threshold shared with Trafford Council‘s Channel Lead / Panel for further multi-agency information gathering.

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What do I do if I think someone is being or becoming radicalised?

Never hesitate to ask for advice

If your concerns lead you to believe people may be in in imminent danger, dial 999.

If you hold concerns that a patient, service user or member of the NHS is at risk of being drawn into terrorism please discuss your concerns with your line manager or a member of the safeguarding team, who will liasie with the Trafford PREVENT Lead to determine how best to take your concerns forward.

Online Training

Click here to view the Prevent Training ELearning Channel. The e-learning includes information on how Channel links to the government’s counter-terrorism strategy (CONTEST) through the Prevent strategy. It also provides guidance on how to identify people who may be vulnerable to radicalisation and how to refer them into the Channel programmer. There are case studies to help users understand the process of identifying and referring vulnerable individuals, in addition to providing them with support, and is a good way of providing staff with a fundamental understanding of Channel.

More information, news and stories about Prevent

Sharing information

When making a referral we will always attempt to get consent of the individual to share information. However, there will always be circumstances in which seeking the consent of the individual will not be desirable or possible, because it will prejudice delivery of the intended outcome.  Further information regarding sharing can be found here.

Useful contacts

Role Title Contact
Prevent Lead,  0161 765  4587
Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children 0161 912 3828 
Safeguarding Adults Designated Lead 0161 873 6083/9012 
Anti-terrorist hotline 0800 789 321
Crimestoppers 0800 555 111
Trafford CCG’s Safeguarding Team

Prevent Flyer

Click here to view and download the latest prevent leaflet for you to display or distribute.