What is Prevent?


Prevent is part of the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST.  Its aim is to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.  Prevent will address all forms of terrorism but continue to prioritise according to current threat levels.  It’s about minimising the risk of people supporting extremist ideologies which espouse violence and terrorism.  As such Prevent is an early intervention tool most commonly in the form of education, dialogue and mentoring, aiming to reduce the likelihood of terrorist or other violent actions in the future.

Prevent is just one of four elements which make up the Government’s Counter Terrorism Strategy comprising of four key elements:


  • Pursue:          to stop terrorist attacks
  • Protect:          to strengthen our physical infra-structure against a terrorist attack, and
  • Prepare:         to mitigate the impact of a terrorist attack


  • Prevent:         to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

Prevent can be seen as separate from the other three elements in that it operates in the ‘non-criminal’ space; a prevention tool to reduce the numbers of people who may consider criminal acts.  In an educational context Prevent is a safeguarding issue for schools aimed at supporting and protecting children and young people who are vulnerable and at risk of being radicalised.  Prevent is about ensuring that they are diverted away before any crime is committed and described as a long term solution to the current threat of extremism.  Within the overall framework the new Prevent strategy will specifically:

• respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it;

• prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support; and

• work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation which we need to address.

These areas of work are outlined in detail in  The Prevent Strategy para 3.21 on page 7.

Support for Schools

We are currently revisiting and replanning our support for schools, including our training offer. Once strategies and resources are ready, they will be updated on BSO and Skills4Bradford. Currently we offer;

  • Training for school staff; general Prevent, Train the Trainer, unconcious bias, the manosphere and incels, how to have challenging conversations. We will be extending this offer
  • A Prevent newsletter to keep you up to date with the latest risks and news frm the Prevent world
  • Facilitation of sessions for children and young people, covering a range of sessions around online influences, fake news and online safety (with regard to extremism and radicalisation)
  • Discussions about cases you are concerned about, and whether Prevent is the right place for it

In progress we also have;

  • A young person's advisory group for Prevent, leading to Prevent Ambassador status
  • A Prevent Champions package for your school, with recognition of your hard work in promoting Fundamental British Values and support for the Protected Characteristics
  • A mapping tool to help you identify where you meet the requirements for FBV, the protected characteristics and the Prevent Agenda.
  • Grab & go resources for various topics
  • Resources and training specifically for use with our SEND learners


Where schools have a students who has been accepted for Channel support, setting may wish to complete an action plan, copies can be accessed by emailing 


For videos depicting real stories, head to ACT Early 

Reporting concerns:

If you have a safeguarding concern it is essential you use the link below to access the Prevent Referral Form. The form also offers guidance with contact numbers for support.

Referral Form

Notice, Check, Share Guidance


For further information please contact:


Danielle King, Prevent Co-ordinator


M: 07870 991647


Rachel Lee, Prevent Education Officer


M: 07484 923127

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