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Prevent is part of the Government's Counter Terrorism Strategy known as Contest.

The aim of Contest is to reduce the risk to the UK and its interests overseas from terrorism, so that people can go about their lives freely and with confidence. This strategy covers all forms of terrorism.

The Contest strategy is based on 4 key elements:

  • pursue - to stop terrorist attacks
  • prevent -  to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism
  • protect - to strengthen our protection against a terrorist attack
  • prepare -  to mitigate the impact of a terrorist attack

The Prevent strategy has 3 key objectives:

  • prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support
  • respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it
  • work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation that need to be addressed

Report a concern or something suspicious

If you have a concern about an individual, where you have noticed that changes in behaviour, emotions, ideologies or beliefs have developed into more extreme views you should report it.

Report someone to the Prevent Team

You can also report it by contacting:

  • National Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800-789-321
  • Police Prevent Team on 01642 303397 or 01642 301330.
  • Marc Stephenson, Community Protection Service Manager and Prevent Lead for Stockton on 01642 528439 or

You should also report illegal or harmful information, pictures or videos you've found on the internet.

Report online material promoting terrorism or extremism

Make a complaint about how Prevent has been applied

You can complain about how the Prevent duty has been applied, including any problems with Prevent training you have received.

Make a complaint about Prevent

The Prevent process

After a referral has been made, a multi-agency meeting known as a Channel Panel is held to discuss the concerns and the current situation that individual is facing.

The Channel process is about looking at early interventions to protect and divert people away from the risk they may face of being drawn into any terrorist-related activity.

This process would consider what vulnerabilities they may have been exposed to and how they are being exploited and drawn into radicalisation.

It is a process with active involvement from the individual and their families, where support packages are developed to help the identified individuals. The group may look to a bespoke specialist or mentor that could be introduced to the individual to provide them with a better understanding and awareness of a particular viewpoint. 


Prevent teaching and learning resource

Our resource explores the difficult issue of extremism providing a framework to support teachers who are engaged in teaching this controversial issue. To request copies email 

The government website Education Against Hate also includes government advice and trusted resources for schools to safeguard students from radicalisation, build resilience to all types of extremism and promote shared values.

Visit the Education Against Hate website