Prevent and Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults

The Prevent strategy (2011) and the subsequent Prevent duty (2015) places public authorities to have 'due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism'.

The Prevent strategy.

In July 2011, the government published the third version of the UK's counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST.  The strategy set out the threat the country faces and the government priorities for dealing with it through to 2015.

'Prevent' is one of the four elements of CONTEST, it aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.  The Prevent strategy:

  • Responds to the ideological challenge faced from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat faced from those who promote these views
  • Provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism
  • Works across all sectors of the community where there are risks of radicalisation that need to be dealt with.

The strategy covers all forms of terrorism, including far right extremism and some aspects of non-violent extremism.

How to make a Prevent referral

Schools, colleges, universities and health and social care colleagues can make a referral through their prevent or safeguarding leads for non-urgent cases.

If you think you have seen someone acting suspiciously, or if you see a vehicle, unattended package or bag which might be an immediate threat, move away.  Call 999.

You can also telephone the Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789 321

For any concerns around violent extremism or if you have concerns where a vulnerable person is being drawn into terrorism or terrorist related activity, for both adults and children, contact Greater Manchester Police on 0161 856 6345 / 6632 or 0161 856 0936 from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday.

Under some circumstances Greater Manchester Police can provide Prevent training to the community, please contact them for further information on 0161 856 6345.

You can report any online material promoting terrorism or extremism via this site

Responding to a firearms or weapons attack


  • If there is a safe route, RUN, if not , hide
  • Insist others go with you
  • Don't let tem slow you down
  • Leave your belongings behind


  • If you can't run, HIDE
  • Find cover from gunfire
  • Be aware of your exits
  • Lock yourself in a room if you can
  • Move away from the door
  • Be very quiet, turn off your phone
  • Barricade yourself in


  • Call the police when you ae safe
  • Give your location
  • Describe the attacker
  • Can you safely stop others from entering the area

You can access the free home office prevent e-learning package

Channel awareness training

Home Office e-learning on Prevent