Tackling extremism and terrorism – Prevent

Prevent is part of the National Counter Terrorism Strategy and aims to stop people being drawn into or supporting terrorism.

The strategy focuses on three key areas, which are to:

  • tackle the causes of radicalisation and respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism
  • safeguard and support those most at risk of radicalisation through early intervention, identifying them and offering support
  • enable those who have already engaged in terrorism to disengage and rehabilitate 

Read more about the Prevent strategy

Training

We offer training to organisations and staff who engage with people who may be vulnerable to becoming involved in terrorism.

This training is open to Sandwell Council staff, community groups and other partner organisations in Sandwell (i.e. any educational setting, religious places, organisations that deal with vulnerable people and more)

To book this training, email Prevent_Inbox@sandwell.gov.uk

Support available

There is no single profile of a potential terrorist, but terrorist groups sometimes try to recruit those who are vulnerable and this can happen in person or over the internet.

Sandwell Council works in partnership with the police and other services to provide a multi-agency approach to supporting vulnerable people who may be at risk, before any crime has been committed.

This multi-agency approach is called Channel. It is a safeguarding process where professionals discuss the best way to support individuals, put plans in place and try to draw them away from extremism. This usually happens with the help of loved ones and support workers.

If you require further information on Prevent in Sandwell, or have concerns of a non-urgent nature, you can contact us by emailing Prevent_Inbox@sandwell.gov.uk

Reporting

If you or anyone else is in immediate danger, you must contact the police by calling 999.

If you have concerns that someone may be vulnerable to extremism, then please help them and report as follows:

Report Under 18

Report 18 and over

If you require further information on Prevent in Sandwell, or have concerns of a non-urgent nature, you can contact us by emailing Prevent_Inbox@sandwell.gov.uk

You can report suspected terrorism online or contact the confidential Anti-Terrorism hotline on 0800 789 321.

Sandwell Prevent referral process

You can see what happens you report a concern in our Prevent referral map.

Useful contacts

For any non-urgent queries or more information, email Prevent_Inbox@sandwell.gov.uk

Or you can email the Local Counter Terrorism Police Unit at CTU_GATEWAY@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk

Useful links

Action Counters Terrorism – Counter Terrorism Police's online reporting website

Let's Talk About It – an initiative designed to provide practical help and guidance

Educate Against Hate – UK Government micro site about tackling extremism and hate

West Midlands Police guidance on radicalisation and terrorism

NSPCC information pages about extremism

Childline – advice for children