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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 preventreferrals@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk.

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 relevant local authority children's services if there is a risk/or the issue relates to a child or young person.

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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Berkshire Child protection Procedures Online

If you are concerned about the safety or welfare of a child, you should report your concerns to your local authority. Please click on your local authority link below to be directed to the correct page.

Call 999 in an emergency if you believe a child is in immediate danger