Preventing Violent Extremism

About Prevent strategy

The Prevent strategy forms one of the four strands of the UK Government's counter-terrorism strategy, known as CONTEST.

The strategy involves police and intelligence officers, the emergency services, local authorities, businesses, voluntary and community organisations, governments and other partners working in partnership across the UK and the world to protect the public.

What does this mean for us?

The aim of Prevent is to stop people becoming or supporting terrorists or violent extremists.

Prevent is delivered in partnership by a wide range of organisations including the Police, Council, NHS, Fire & Rescue Service and a number of community groups . Together we recognise that the best long term solution to preventing terrorism is to stop people becoming terrorists in the first place.

The aim is supported by the following objectives:

  • to challenge extremist ideology;
  • disrupt those who promote violent extremism;
  • support individuals who are vulnerable to recruitment by violent extremists;
  • increase resilience of communities to engage with and resist violent extremists;
  • effectively address grievances;
  • develop Prevent related intelligence, analysis and research;
  • improve strategic communications.

Don't rely on others.

If you see it, suspect it - report it - call the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on:

0800 789 321

For immediate threats, such as a suspicious package or vehicle always call 999

Use the Anti-Terrorist Hotline to report something suspicious or out-of-place, or if you're unsure about someone's behaviour or activities - your call could be vital to us, however unsure you may be. Trust your instincts.

A Textphone facility for people who are deaf or who have hearing difficulties is available on 0800 0324 539.

The Anti-Terrorist Hotline is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. All calls and information are treated in the strictest of confidence. All information received by the hotline is thoroughly investigated by specialist officers before any police action is considered.

As the UK faces a continuing threat from both international and domestic terrorism, no one is better placed than members of the public to notice extremist activity within their own community.

Some examples of illegal terrorist or extremist activity include:

  • Distributing leaflets or displaying posters that carry a violent extremist message
  • Accessing violent extremist forums or websites
  • Extremist groups meeting in private or community centres
  • Viewing terrorist/violent extremist promotional videos.

How to report terrorist content you find on the web

The internet is used by some people to promote terrorism and extremism. The Government and police are committed to protecting the public from terrorist content online, but we cannot do this alone. Everyone who uses the internet can help to make it safer.

A dedicated website is available where you can report online terrorist content that you think might be illegal, or which you find offensive.