What is Prevent?

The Prevent strategy is part of the UK Counter Terrorism Strategy (CONTEST), based on the Counter Terrorism and Security Act of 2015.  It requires public bodies, including local authorities, the police, prisons, providers of probation services, schools, colleges, and universities to act to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism, ensuring awareness of risks of terrorism.

Prevent has three main objectives:

  • to respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism
  • to support vulnerable people and prevent people from being drawn into terrorism
  • to work with key sectors and institutions and address risks

It focuses on early intervention before any illegal activity takes place. The aim is to reduce the likelihood of individuals who support a violent extremist ideology of becoming terrorists.

If you have a Prevent related concern and want some guidance email

This is managed daily during office hours Monday to Friday. A member of the Thames Valley Police Prevent Team will contact you to take further information or provide advice. If you have immediate concerns or you need to contact outside of these hours please call 101 and ask for the on call Special Branch Sergeant.  Thames Valley Police will contact the Reading Children's Single Point of Access if there is a risk/or the issue relates to a child or young person.


A presentation was given to Schools Designated Safeguarding Leads in 2016.  On the right you can access the presentation and documents provided to schools to support them in their safeguarding responsibilities in relation to this subject.  The presentation can be used by, and contains useful information for, all professionals.

Also attached is the Reading LSCB Radicalisation and Extremism Indicator Tool that can be used by any professional. 

Please see the link to the online Channel Awareness Training:

The module is suitable for front-line workers. It provides an introduction to the following topics:

  • how to identify factors that can make people vulnerable to radicalisation,
  • case studies illustrating the types of intervention that may be appropriate,

The module takes around 25 minutes to complete, in order to be able to print a Certificate of Completion you must complete all screens in a single session without closing your browser.

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