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Preventing Extremism

PREVENT is about safeguarding individuals and communities from the threat of terrorism. It is delivered as part of CONTEST, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy.

If someone is identified as being potentially vulnerable to radicalisation or extremism, Prevent puts in place processes to help them.

CHANNEL is the multi-agency safeguarding program available in every local authority in England and Wales. It works to protect vulnerable people from being drawn into terrorist-related activity and addresses all forms of extremism by providing a range of support. Channel is a confidential and voluntary process - it is up to an individual, or their parents where appropriate, to decide whether to take advantage of the support it offers. It is not any form of criminal or civil sanction.

Channel has received referrals from a range of people concerned about an individual’s wellbeing, including from schools, health and social services and communities but is open to any person to make a referral.

If you have concerns about an individual or group being radicalised, planning acts of violence or behaving suspiciously, you can call Police on 101 to report your concerns. All calls are dealt with sensitively and you can ask to speak with a Prevent officer if you prefer.

You can also call the Police Prevent Team directly during office hours on 01392 225130

If there is an immediate threat to life always dial 999

Alternatively if you are a partner agency wishing to make a Prevent Referral please visit Devon and Cornwall Police’s website and follow the instructions given.

If you are a Plymouth City Council employee or representative and:

Have concerns about a child under the age of 18. Email:

Have concerns about a person aged 18 and over please contact the Community Connections team on 01752 304440 or email


ACT Early have a wealth of resources including ‘Spot the Signs’ and 'Staying Safe Online'.

Alternatively you can contact the Devon and Cornwall Police Prevent team: 

The Police non-emergency number is 101

For immediate threats to safety, always call 999