Help & Advice on Preventing Violent Extremism

The Prevent strategy is part of the UK Counter-Terrorism Strategy known as Contest.

The strategy involves many people – police and intelligence officers, the emergency services, local authorities, businesses, voluntary and community organisations, governments and other partners – working together across the UK and the world to protect the public. It has four key elements:

•Pursue – to stop terrorist attacks
•Prevent – to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism
•Protect – to strengthen our protection against terrorist attack
•Prepare – where an attack cannot be stopped, to lessen its impact

‘Prevent’ happens before any criminal activity takes place. It is about recognising, supporting and protecting people who might be susceptible to radicalisation. 

What does this mean for East Sussex? 

Prevent in East Sussex is delivered in partnership with East Sussex County Council by a wide range of organisations including the Police, NHS, Education, Probation and local District and Borough Councils supported by the Safer East Sussex Team. Together we recognise that the best long term solution to preventing terrorism is to stop people becoming terrorists in the first place. 

The aim is supported by the following objectives:

•    to challenge extremist beliefs;
•    disrupt those who promote violent extremism;
•    support individuals who are vulnerable to recruitment by violent extremists;
•    increase resilience of communities to engage with and resist violent extremists;

If you believe that someone is at risk of radicalisation you can help them obtain support and prevent them becoming involved in terrorism by raising your concerns and making a referral. 

•    Members of the public can call 101 to report any concerns. All calls are dealt with sensitively and you can ask to speak with a Prevent officer if you prefer

•    If there is an immediate threat to life always dial 999

•    If you are from a partner agency please make a Prevent referral by completing  a Prevent Referral Form and emailing it to Sussex Police

We have developed a short guide for parents and carers if your child has been referred to Prevent. If you have any issues accessing the materials on this page please contact and we can provide an accessible format.



Radicalisation doesn't happen overnight. Worried about someone? ACT NOW, we can help. Counter Terrorism Policing UK have produced a short film around the danger of people being radicalised through grooming and exploitation.

Stop Terrorists & Extremists Online Presence

The internet and social media provides many opportunities for those with extreme views to target young or vulnerable individuals.
You can report material such as:
•    articles, images, speeches or videos that promote terrorism or encourage violence
•    content encouraging people to commit acts of terrorism
•    websites made by terrorist or extremist organisations
•    videos of terrorist attacks
We are asking anyone who has concerns about online content to report it by clicking the STOP Terrorists’ & Extremists’ Online button.

Digital Safety During Covid-19: Safeguarding from harmful influences online 

What steps can I take to keep my child safe online?  

We have developed Safer East Sussex Team Digital Safety guidance to help you know what to look out for and what steps to take should you have concerns over a loved one being radicalised.

Act Early

It can be hard to know what to do if you’re worried someone close is expressing extreme views or hatred, which could lead to them harming themselves or others. Working with other organisations, the police protect vulnerable people from being exploited by extremists through a Home Office programme called Prevent. Act early and tell us your concerns in confidence. You won’t be wasting our time and you won’t ruin lives, but you might save them.  Visit the Act Early website to find out more information. 

If you have any issues accessing the materials on this page please contact and we can provide an accessible format. 

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