What it is

The PREVENT strategy is a key part of government’s Counter Terrorism Strategy and aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. The strategy aims to:

  • respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and those who promote it,
  • prevent people from being drawn into terrorism, and
  • work with organisations where there are risks of radicalisation.

We work with partners on the government’s Prevent strategy to stop people becoming or supporting terrorists.

Let’s Talk About It – working together to prevent terrorism.  is a website that can offer you practical help and guidance in stopping people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism, particularly if you think you could identify and support someone who may be vulnerable to becoming involved in extremism or terrorism.

Possible signs of extremism

There is no single profile of a person likely to become involved in extremism and the process of radicalisation is different for every individual.

Signs that an individual may be being groomed into extremism could be:

  • vulnerable individuals becoming withdrawn and stopping participating in their usual activities
  • they may express feelings of:
    • anger
    • grievance
    • injustice
    • or go missing from their home, school or care setting
  • a new group of friends who have an extremist ideology
  • using language that supports ‘us and them’ thinking
  • or possessing or searching for extremist literature online.

Advice and support:

It can be hard to know what to do if you’re worried about someone and the extreme views they are expressing.

Working with other organisations, the police protect vulnerable people from being exploited by extremists through a Home Office programme called Prevent.

Act early and tell us your concerns in confidence. You won’t be wasting our time and you won’t ruin lives, but you might save them.

If you see or hear something that could be terrorist related call the confidential Police Anti-Terrorist Hotline : 0800 789 321.

The ACT Early website has some really useful information.

In an emergency always call 999.

Professionals referral information

Concerned professionals should make a safeguarding referral to either children’s or adults safeguarding teams who will decide if a Vulnerable Assessment Framework (VAF) is required to be completed.

If a young person aged under 18 complete Thurrock’ s Common Assessment Framework form: .

Common assessment framework form

Professionals working with adults should report concerns by using this form:

Raise as a safeguarding concern with Thurrock Council by completing a SETSAF

If you have a concern you would like advice on please email the Prevent team on: or call 101 and ask for the Prevent Team.

For further information read the SET PREVENT Policy.

The terrorism threat level published by the government shows the likelihood of a terrorist attack in the UK.

Go to GOV.UK: terrorism and national emergencies to check the current threat level.

Worried about an adult? 01375 511000

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