The Prevent strategy, published by the Government in 2011, is part of their overall counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST. The aim of CONTEST is to reduce the risk to the United Kingdom, its citizens, and its interests overseas from terrorism, so that people can go about their lives freely and with confidence.  The four strands are:

  1. Pursue: to stop terrorist attacks
  2. Prevent: to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism
  3. Protect: to strengthen our protection against a terrorist attack
  4. Prepare: to mitigate the impact of a terrorist attack

The Prevent Duty (sec. 26 Counter-Terrorism & Security Act 2015) places a duty on certain bodies including local authorities, in the exercise of their functions, to have ‘due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’.  Guidance is issued under section 29 of the Act and it states that the authorities subject to the provisions must have regard to this guidance when carrying out the duty - Prevent duty guidance - GOV.UK (

Recognising Extremism and Radicalisation:

  • Extremism is vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.
  • Radicalisation is the process by which people come to support terrorism and extremism and, in some cases, to then participate in terrorist groups.

How do I make a referral?

  • Contact Nottinghamshire Police Prevent Team. Telephone: 101 ext. 800 2962/2963 or email You can speak to the team informally before making a full referral.
  • For more information on Prevent and how to get support, please visit the UK website
  • If you are worried about someone being drawn into radicalisation, call the Act Early support line on 0800 011 3764 in confidence to share your concern with a specially trained officer open 9-5 every day. What to look for | ACT Early
  • A helpline has been set up by the Department for Education (DfE) for providers who may be concerned about a child at risk from radicalisation and extremism.  It is open Mondays to Fridays from 9am to 6pm.  Telephone – 020 7340 7264.  Providers can also email:

Last Updated on Monday, July 10, 2023