Preventing Radicalisation and Involvement in Extremism

Vulnerable people, including children, young people, and vulnerable adults can be exploited by people who seek to involve them in terrorism or activity in support of terrorism

Reporting Concerns about Terrorism

If it is an emergency, dial 999. If you suspect it, report it!

If you consider anything to be suspicious or connected with terrorism, contact Greater Manchester Police on the non-emergency number 101 or the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.

Alternatively, you can complete a confidential online anti-terrorism form.

The National Counter-Terrorism Strategy – CONTEST

The Government’s counter-terrorism strategy – CONTEST – has four areas of work:

  • Pursue: to stop terrorist attacks.
  • Prevent: to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
  • Protect: to strengthen our protection against a terrorist attack.
  • Prepare: to mitigate the impact of a terrorist attack.

Find out more information about the CONTEST Strategy.

What is Prevent?

The threat we face from terrorism is real, and the Prevent strategy recognises that we can’t arrest our way out of the problem.  The Prevent Strategy therefore aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

The focus of Prevent is on the significant threat posed by international terrorism and those in the UK who are inspired by it.  But it is also concerned with reducing  threats, risks and vulnerabilities posed by domestic extremists such as those from the far right and far left, extreme animal rights activists and those involved in Northern Irish related terrorism.

Prevent is supported by three objectives:

  • Responding to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it (ideology).
  • Preventing people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support (individuals).
  • Working with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation which we need to address (institutions).

Prevent is not a Police programme. It needs the involvement of local authorities, the local community and a wide range of other organisations. For more information about how the Council is contributing to Prevent, contact the Council’s Prevent Co-ordinator, Rachel Smith at

Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults from Radicalisation and Involvement in Terrorism

Vulnerable people, including children, young people and vulnerable adults can be exploited by people who seek to involve them in terrorism or activity in support of terrorism.

There is agreement across the 10 Greater Manchester Councils and Greater Manchester Police that this is a safeguarding issue. There is a multi-agency approach to protect people at risk from radicalisation which is called ‘Channel’. This approach uses existing collaboration between local authorities, statutory partners (such as the education and health sectors, social services, children and youth services and offender management services), the police and the local community to:

  • Identify individuals at risk of radicalisation or involvement in terrorism.
  • Assess the nature and extent of that risk.
  • Develop the most appropriate support plan for the individuals concerned.

Channel is about safeguarding children and adults from being drawn into involvement in terrorism. It is about early intervention to address vulnerabilities, and divert people from harm.

How to Report Concerns about Individuals at Risk

If you are worried that a child, young person or vulnerable adult is at risk of being radicalised by people who are involved in, or support terrorism contact:

  • Children – 0161 217 6028
  • Vulnerable adults – 0161 217 6029

Learning More about Prevent

A range of briefing products are available to raise awareness about counter-terrorism and Prevent. These are accredited by the Home Office and Association of Chief Police Officers. This includes ‘WRAP’ (Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent), an awareness raising training package that gives an overview of Prevent and how to recognise the initial signs of individuals vulnerable to radicalisation as well as those who radicalise.

For more information, please contact Stockport Council’s Prevent co-ordinator Rachel Smith at

More information on Counter Terrorism can be found on GMP’s website.

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