Preventing extremism

11/6/2020 8:50:29 AM

1. Preventing extremism

The Counter Terrorism & Security Act 2015, became law in February 2015 and, amongst other things, introduced a Prevent Duty.

Under this legislation, we are required to:

  • understand the risks locally and have an action plan to address those risks
  • establish a channel panel so that any individuals of potential concern can be referred for appropriate support and intervention

The Prevent Duty is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism by working with individuals before they become radicalised and commit an offence by supporting or carrying out an act of extremism or violent extremism.

For more information, read our Prevent Strategy PDF, 143KB.


Reporting concerns

If you have concerns about someone you know supporting extremism and acts of terrorism, let us know.  Use the contact details below or view our list of prevent leads for your organisation or area PDF, 140KB.

Concerns about an adult

Telephone: 0800 137 915 

Concerns about a child

Telephone: 01296 383 962

Outside normal office hours: Ring the Emergency Duty Team on 0800 999 7677

Reporting online terrorist and extremist material

Report illegal or harmful information, pictures or videos you’ve found on the internet. You can make your report anonymously.

Visit to Report online terrorism.


Keeping safe

Be alert, not alarmed - The risk that you will be caught up in a terrorist act is very small. However, by working together we can reduce that risk still further.  So, if you think something is suspicious, trust your instincts and report it. Thames Valley Police have provided some useful information about what to look out for and how to report it.

Run, Tell, Hide

Stay Safe - If, in the unlikely event you find yourself caught up in an attack:

  • RUN and escape if you can, if not
  • HIDE behind something substantial, where the attackers cannot see you, silence your mobile and, if you can do so safely,
  • TELL the police what's going on by dialling 999

Further information is available on following the Stay Safe principles in the event of an attack, and current terrorism threat levels to the UK and what they mean .

If you are thinking of travelling abroad, it would be advisable to check out the Foreign and Commonwealth's website for advice when planning a trip and again immediately before you travel.


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Last updated: 6 November 2020

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