PREVENT – Counter Terrorism

PREVENT is part of the Government’s counter terrorism strategy CONTEST, it aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. The Government has produced a Prevent Duty Guidance  for providers.

PREVENT has a strong link to safeguarding because vulnerable young people can be susceptible to radicalisation and recruitment into terrorist organisations. All those in the private, voluntary and independent sector providing services or out of school activities for children and young people have a duty under the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (Section 26), to prevent children and young people from being drawn into terrorism.

Have you updated your policies and procedures?

Everyone working with children and young people should have policies and procedures in place which reflect the need to safeguard individuals from the risk of radicalisation. The NTSCP Safeguarding Children from Extremism and Radicalisation procedure may assist you can download a copy from here

PREVENT eLearning

The Home Office offer eLearning training which can be accessed here

What should I do if I have a concern?

If you have a concern that a child or young person may be vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism or extremism you can refer them for support and intervention with the Northumbria Police Prevent Team.

In an emergency contact 999 or the Counter Terrorism Hot Line 0800 789321.  Alternatively, please contact 0191 6432777 for Adults or 0345 2000109 for children or e mail [email protected] to make a referral.