What is PREVENT?

PREVENT is the name given to a national strategy which aims to stop people from becoming violent extremists or supporting terrorism. Channel is the process that supports people at risk of being drawn towards terrorism or violent extremism.

What forms of extremism are covered?

PREVENT aims to deal with all forms of extremism including Far Right racist extremism, animal rights extremism and religious extremism.

Why should I share my concerns?

By raising your concerns you can help someone who you believe is at risk of radicalisation get support, and can prevent them becoming involved in potentially violent activities, long before any criminal activity occurs.

What could be signs of possible radicalisation?

There may be a number of signs someone may be being radicalised which could include:

  • Notable changes in behaviour or mood
  • Beginning to express extreme political or radical views
  • Appearing increasingly sympathetic to terrorist act
  • Changes in appearance
  • Changing friends and spending excess time alone or on the internet


What will happen after I’ve shared my concerns?

If the person is identified as vulnerable to being drawn into violent extremism or terrorist related activity, they may be offered support from what is called the ‘Channel Process’. This is essentially a safeguarding programme aimed at supporting individuals who are at risk and involvement in the programme is entirely voluntary.

Who can I contact to discuss my concerns?

You can discuss your concerns with your local Safeguarding Team. The numbers for your area are listed below:


Children: 0845 671 0271      Adults: 02392 688 613


Children: 02380 833 336      Adults: 02380 833 003

Isle of Wight

Children: 01983 814 545      Adults: 01983 814 980


Children: 0300 555 1384      Adults: 0300 555 1386

Information and advice is also available from:

Anti-Terrorist Hotline:      0800 789 321
Crime Stoppers:              0800 555 111

Remember, if you suspect terrorism or violent extremism is being promoted or related activity is taking place contact the police on 101 or in an emergency call 999.