What is Prevent?

Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism. Prevent is part of CONTEST, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism and violent extremism.

The Prevent statutory duty, which came into force on 1 July 2015, has prompted a significant step forward in the delivery of Prevent work across all public sector organisations. Coventry Council engages with local communities, groups and organisations across the City to help safeguard local people from the risks of radicalisation to violent extremism. The range of our work includes supporting local community projects, providing training and awareness around radicalisation and safeguarding those who may be affected.

Prevent covers all forms of terrorism and extremism. 

    • The main aim of Prevent is to stop people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism 
    • At the heart of Prevent is safeguarding children and adults and providing early intervention to protect and divert people away from being drawn into terrorist activity. 
    • Prevent addresses all forms of extremism but continues to ensure resources and effort are allocated on the basis of the greatest threat to our national security.

How to make a referral


The Prevent Duty requires that if there are concerns that an individual may be vulnerable to radicalisation around violent extremism then these concerns need to be shared so that appropriate support is provided in order to safeguard those individuals. A partnership referral form has been prepared to make sure that it is easier to outline and submit the referrals. 

To make a Prevent referral, a referral form needs to be sent to both of the following email addresses: and or contact West Midlands Police on 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

If you consider anything to be suspicious or connected with terrorism. Call the Anti-terrorism hotline on 0800 789 321 to report your concerns in the strictest confidence.

WM Police Information Report Form: Police-intel-Form-FIB.doc 

Coventry City Council Prevent email 


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  Training –

 Prevent referrals E-Learning

This training is designed to make sure that when we share a concern of a vulnerable individual who may be being radicalised, the referral is robust, informed and with good intentions, and that the response to that concern is considered, and proportionate.

Channel awareness E Learning

Designed to help understand the objectives of Channel, the working process, roles and responsibilities

 Level 1 – Basic Awareness

E-Learning for Health E-LFH

E learning package from the home office

Prevent awareness E-learning

This offers an introduction to the Prevent Duty and explains how it aims to safeguard vulnerable people from being radicalised to supporting terrorism or becoming terrorists themselves.

Level 3 – Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP)

WRAP can be completed either through the ‘Preventing Radicalisation – Level 3’ e-learning session OR through the 'Preventing Radicalisation (Mental Health) – Level 3’ e-learning equivalent, or in person via a workshop.

Preventing Radicalisation - Level 3

This course covers the statutory and mandatory training required for Preventing Radicalisation Level 3 for all staff who are required to access WRAP (Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent).

Preventing Radicalisation (Mental Health) - Level 3

This course covers the statutory and mandatory training required for Preventing Radicalisation Level 3 for all staff whom are required to access WRAP (Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent).


Prevent training guidance and resources Grab Guide 

Practical advice on information sharing for Prevent & Channel purposes Grab Guide 

Coventry City Council - Prevent

HM Government CONTEST Strategy 

HM Government Counter-Extremism Strategy 

HM Government Channel Duty Guidance - Statutory Guidance for Channel panel members and partners of local panels 

Statutory guidance -Revised Prevent duty guidance: for England and Wales (Updated 10 April 2019)

NHS England (2017) Guidance for mental health services in exercising duties to safeguard people from the risk of radicalisation

Prevent guidance

Extreme Right Wing Symbols 

Educate against hate   

Reporting online extremist material  

The use of social media for online radicalisation

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