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About Prevent

Prevent is a safeguarding process to identify and safeguard young people and vulnerable adults who are at risk of radicalisation. This risk could be from militant Islam or far right/extreme right wing organisations.

Prevent works with individuals and communities in an early intervention safeguarding capacity which is voluntary to encourage them to challenge and resist extremist and terrorist ideology and behaviour. The whole ethos of Prevent is to safeguard those at risk just as we would in the same way as providing safeguarding to those at risk of becoming involved in drugs, gangs or other forms of harm.

Working with our communities is vital if we are to safeguard those vulnerable within our communities and we recognise that many community groups can provide and co-deliver excellent support to those at risk to further safeguard and build resilience against extremist’s messages of hatred and division.

The work of Prevent seeks to increase understand amongst frontline professionals and community members through both training, one off events and debate to myth-bust, break down barriers and increase safeguarding for those vulnerable to radicalisers in our community to keep them safe.

The Prevent document explains the strategy in more detail. 

The 'Working Together Against Extremism' document explains the subject in more detail.


Threat levels

Members of the public are advised to always remain alert to the danger of terrorism and report any suspicious activity to the police on 999 or the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321.

If your information does not relate to an imminent threat, you can also contact MI5.

Current threat from international terrorism

The current threat level for international terrorism in the UK is severe.

Current threat from Northern Ireland-related terrorism

The threat level for Northern Ireland-related terrorism is set separately for Northern Ireland and Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland).

  • The current threat level for Northern Ireland-related terrorism in Northern Ireland is severe.
  • The current threat level for Northern Ireland-related terrorism in Britain is moderate.

What the threat levels mean

Threat levels are designed to give a broad indication of the likelihood of a terrorist attack:

  • Low means an attack is unlikely
  • Moderate means an attack is possible, but not likely
  • Substantial means an attack is a strong possibility
  • Severe means an attack is highly likely
  • Critical means an attack is expected imminently