PREVENT - Protecting children from radicalisation


CONTEST is UK’s counter-terrorism strategy launched 2006 to combat violent and non-violent extremism. It is a four-pronged strategy that includes:

1. Protect: To strengthen our protection against terrorist attacks
2. Prepare: Where an attack cannot be stopped, to mitigate against its circumstances
3. Pursue: To stop terrorist attacks
4. Prevent: to reduce the number of people becoming or supporting violent extremists, bottom of the pyramid, operates in the pre-criminal space
Prevent is unique in that it operates in the pre-criminal space, i.e. before a crime has been committed. Prevent revolves around the below three stands of work:

Ideology: Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it

Individuals: Prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support

Institutions: Work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation, which we need to address

Since July 2015, section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 has come into effect, thus rendering Prevent a statutory duty for local authorities, educational provisions, the health sector, police and prisons. This, in effect, means all of these sectors are now obliged by law to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism."


Who can I contact for further information or support?

Newham Children's Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) Team

Contact the Newham Children’s MASH Team if you are concerned that a particular individual may be at risk of radicalisation or of exploitation by a radical group.

Team members are available to:

  • Discuss any potential concerns
  • Put the staff member in touch with local and regional advisers with relevant experience and expertise

Call MASH on 020 3373 4600

You can also make a referral via the online portal using the following link:

Request support or protection of a child


The Community Resilience Team

The Community Resilience Team leads on implementing the Prevent across London borough of Newham.

The team can offer WRAP (Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent) training, support and advice.

They can also offer a wide range of resources that are designed to help services implement the Prevent duty.

Community Resilience Team - more information


How to raise a referral

Anyone, including members of the public or professionals/staff members who are concerned that a person is at risk of radicalisation or may have become radicalised should make a PREVENT referral using our online form:

PREVENT Referral form


Further information




Last updated: 11/10/2022

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