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Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism. Prevent is 1 of the 4 elements of CONTEST, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. The Prevent Strategy focuses on three key areas, which are to:

  • Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat from those who promote it
  • Prevent  people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support
  • Work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to address.


As of the 1st Dec 2023 there will be an amended referral process for Prevent concerns.

Below is the referral pathway as well as the new prevent national referral form.


Please note that Prevent related concerns for children and young people should now go to both the MASH via and the Counter Terrorism Unit via


Guidance for schools and childcare providers on preventing children and young people from being drawn into terrorism


Useful links

Sandwell Council works in partnership with Police and other services to provide a multi-agency approach to supporting people who may be at risk, before any crime has been committed. 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. If you or anyone else is in immediate danger, you must contact the police by calling 999. You can report suspected terrorism online or contact the confidential Anti-Terrorism hotline on 0800 789 321. If you require further information on Prevent in Sandwell or have concerns of a non-urgent nature you can contact the Prevent team by emailing