Terrorism and Radicalisation


PREVENT is one of the four elements of the Government’s Counter Terrorism Strategy, Contest. There are 4 elements of this strategy: Prepare, Protect, Pursue and Prevent. PREVENT aims to challenge extremist ideologies and prevent people from becoming radicalised and involved in terrorism and/or supporting terrorist activities.

PREVENT is about protecting the community from the threat of terrorism and stepping in to help vulnerable people at risk of being recruited by terrorist or extremist groups, whether in this country or abroad.
The PREVENT strategy aims to:

  • Support people who are at risk of being drawn into terrorist or extremist activity – being radicalised.
  • Work with and supporting community groups and social enterprise projects that provide support to vulnerable people.
  • Work with faith groups and institutions to help them in providing support and guidance to people who may be vulnerable.
  • Support local schools, local businesses and partner agencies through engagement, advice and training.

This enables us to identify those who are most vulnerable to radicalisation and intervene before they commit any offences.

How to spot the signs

Some people in the community can be vulnerable or susceptible to the process of radicalisation. This may be as a result of their personal circumstances, experiences or state of mind which can place them at risk.

Below are some signs which can help to spot the signs of a person at risk.

  • Is at a transitional time of their life; this could be anything from moving to a new area or country, or ending a relationship.
  • Has a need for identity, meaning and belonging; they may have encountered peer, social or family rejection/isolation.
  • Has social network involvement in extremism.
  • Is being influenced or controlled by a group.
  • Has feelings of grievance and injustice; people can often find themselves in situations they perceive as ‘unfair’.
  • Has a desire for status; some individuals may desire greater power and increased standing within their communities due to a lack of identity.
  • Has a desire for excitement and adventure.
  • Has a need to dominate and control others; some individuals may have a natural tendency to want to dominate or rule over others.
  • Has a desire for political or moral change

The list above is not exhaustive and all or none may be present in individual cases of concern.

If you are concerned about someone in your community, please contact your local police force by dialling 101 and ask for the PREVENT team. If you require urgent assistance, always dial 999.

To learn more about PREVENT, you can complete the Home Office's e-learning training package.

Useful links

Contact details

Community Safety
Stevenage Borough Council
Daneshill House