Preventing extremism

The government has a counter terrorism strategy for countering international terrorism called CONTEST.

CONTEST has four strands, often known as the four Ps:

  • Pursue - to stop terrorist attacks through disruption, investigation and detection.
  • Prepare - where an attack cannot be stopped, to mitigate its impact.
  • Protect - to strengthen against terrorist attack, including borders and utilities.
  • Prevent - to stop people becoming terrorists or being draw towards terrorism

What is Prevent?

Prevent aims to stop people becoming terrorists or being drawn towards terrorism.

Prevent strategy has three specific strategic objectives:

  • Identify: working with statutory partners to spot those at risk of radicalisation and ensure effective measures are in place
  • Safeguard: assisting and collaborating across police and with statutory partners to divert those on a pathway of radicalisation
  • Disrupt: using our unique police powers to divert and disrupt those seeking to radicalise the vulnerable and cause harm

Prevent operates in the NON-CRIMINAL space. This means that individuals are supported to move away from terrorism, rather than being criminalised.  It seeks to stop individuals from going to the extreme of committing or encouraging violent activity.  This is a multi-agency process called ‘Channel’.

Prevent is not about spying on people, stigmatising or criminalising people and/or communities. in Lincolnshire. We aim to empower all communities to stand up to the small minority who support terrorism or extremism.

Act Early

Radicalisation is the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and extremist ideologies. If you are worried someone close to you is becoming radicalised act early and seek help. The sooner you reach out, the quicker we can protect the person you care about from being groomed and exploited by extremists.

Police forces across the country have specially trained Prevent officers who work alongside other organisations through a Home Office programme called Prevent to help people vulnerable to radicalisation move away from violent extremism. We are here to listen and offer help and advice. Receiving support is voluntary.

Friends and family are best placed to spot the signs, so trust your instincts and tell us your concerns in confidence.

We can help if you act early. You won't be wasting our time and you won’t ruin lives, but you might save them.  

To find out more about how to help someone close to you visit

Prevent duty

The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 contains a duty on specified authorities to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. This is also known as the Prevent Duty.

In March 2015, Parliament approved guidance issued under section 29 of the act about how specified authorities are to follow the Prevent Duty. Specified authorities must have regard to this guidance when complying with the Prevent Duty.

These authorities are:

  • All Local authorities
  • Schools and Registered Childcare providers
  • Further Education and Higher Education
  • The Health sector
  • Prisons & probation
  • The Police

Find our more on the Prevent Duty Guidance at

Prevent workshops

Our Prevent officers work with organisations and community groups to raise awareness of Prevent and other aspects that lead to extremism/terrorism.  These workshops / presentations are free of charge and enquiries can be made regarding availability by using the email address below.  The most popular workshops / presentations are:

  • Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP) – ideal for public sector, voluntary and community groups.  This 1½ hour interactive workshop provides an awareness and understanding of Prevent.  It also looks at how to identify potential vulnerable victims and provide confidence in supporting them.
  • All Communities Together Now (ACT NOW) – a scenario based workshop designed to encourage debate around the sensitive issue of terrorism.  It also provides an understanding of how the police investigate real terrorist incidents.  This workshop is ideal for community and student groups.
  • Pathways – delegates take part in an interactive session using an example in which two men become involved in extremism.  It focuses on issues such as hate crime, bullying, stereotyping and grievances.
  • Diary of a Badman – a DVD facilitated workshop which follows on from the hit internet series ‘Diary of a Badman’.  The story stars Humza Arshad whose cousin becomes drawn into extremism.  Humza attempts to protect him from the dangers of radicalisation. The film explores why it’s important for young people to get information from the right sources and protect themselves from negative influences. 

For more details of these, and other packages please email


While extremism itself isn’t illegal, we encourage you to be aware of potential signs of it.  This is because it can act as a ‘pathway’ to terrorism and it can create or exacerbate tensions in the community.

To support vulnerable people from being radicalised, we use the national ‘Channel’ process.

Channel is a programme which focuses on providing support at an early stage to people identified as being vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism. The programme uses a multi-agency approach to protect vulnerable people by:

  • Identifying individuals at risk.
  • Assessing the nature and extent of that risk.
  • Developing the most appropriate support plan for the individuals concerned.

Report it

If you are concerned that someone you know is being drawn into terrorism or extremism, then you can contact for advice or call 101 and ask for the Prevent Team.

Alternatively you may wish to complete a Prevent Referral form.

Reporting concerning online material

Report illegal terrorist information, pictures or videos that you’ve found on the internet.  Your report will be treated anonymously. Simply click on the red button below.

Report Online Terrorist & Extremist Material here

More help and support

If you have any query or concern in relation to Prevent or to make a referral to Channel, please contact the team.

This email address is not monitored on a 24/7 basis. If the request is urgent, always call 999. 

Act Early

Prevent: Let's Talk About It

Prevent Tragedies

Prevent Strategy 2011

Prevent Duty Guidance

East Midland Prevent
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