Prevent is the Government’s strategy to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism, in all its forms. Prevent works with individuals and communities by using voluntary early intervention to encourage them to challenge extremist and terrorist ideologies and behaviours.
The Prevent strategy states: “Safeguarding vulnerable people from radicalisation is no different from safeguarding them from other forms of harm”
Prevent is safeguarding. In the same way that support is available and provided to people at risk of involvement with drugs, gangs and knife crime, individuals vulnerable to being brainwashed and groomed into radicalisation can also be helped.
Community engagement is essential. We work closely with statutory, local, voluntary and community groups and individuals to collaboratively deliver the Prevent strategy.
Prevent seeks to increase understanding among frontline staff and community members. They are offered training to raise their awareness on how to better support their communities. Listening to and working with the Slough communities is how we work.
How Prevent works
A confidential process - it offers a safe space where people can share their concerns about extremism and radicalisation and come up with solutions
Concerned with all forms of extremism - it addresses vulnerabilities to radicalisation in all its forms, including: the extreme far-right, the extreme far-left, groups such as Daesh, or any other form of extremist ideology
A voluntary service - it offers non-compulsory safeguarding support to vulnerable residents who have the final say about whether to accept support or not
Constantly seeking to promote discussion and debate - the Prevent team organises events including Q&As, free training, and workshops/ assemblies within schools
Committed to providing support for those who want and need it - Prevent ensures all referrals are genuine, appropriate and managed sensitively
Tailored to each individual - Prevent provides various forms of free support to Individuals including mentoring, employment support, sporting activities, and discussions with faith leaders or credible ideological experts.
Your local team
While Prevent is a national strategy, it is delivered by your local authority. We can provide tailored support to vulnerable residents that reflects the communities in which they live. Where safeguarding concerns are serious, support can be provided through Channel.
Channel is a safeguarding panel which supports Prevent. It is a confidential and voluntary process where safeguarding professionals meet to discuss support options which can be offered to vulnerable residents.
If you would like further information, have a query or concern, or want to receive Prevent training, please do not hesitate to contact your local Prevent team.