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

Prevent isn’t about spying on our communities. It isn’t targeted at religion – extremists can come from any background. It’s not about blame. There’s no hidden agenda to criminalise any individual or to target any community or group.

The Home Office works with local authorities, a wide range of government departments, and community organisations to deliver the Prevent strategy. Essex Police also play a significant role in Prevent, in much the same way as they do when taking a preventative approach to other crimes.

Prevent uses a range of measures to challenge extremism including:

  • Supporting people who are at risk of being drawn into terrorist or extremist activity through the Channel process
  • Working with and supporting community groups and social enterprise projects who provide services and support to vulnerable people
  • Working with faith groups and institutions to assist them in providing support and guidance to people who may be vulnerable; and
  • Supporting local schools, local industry and partner agencies through engagement, advice and training.

If you have concerns about any of your friends, neighbours or relatives, you can tell us about them by clicking ‘Make a referral’ and completing the quick and simple online form.

If it’s an emergency, please call 999.
Or you can call anonymously on 0800 789 321.

If you see online material promoting terrorism or extremism, you can let the government know by report online

The Colchester Prevent Strategy and Action Plan have recently been refreshed by Colchester Borough Council (as the lead authority on behalf of the Safer Colchester Partnership).

Do you want practical help or guidance? 

ACT Early provides advice and support around radicalisation, Prevent, and how to seek help. Should you wish to find out more about ACT Early, please visit: