/ Counter Terrorism: Prevent

What is Prevent?

Prevent aims to stop people from being drawn into terrorism. It is part of the government’s counter -terrorism strategy.

Prevent is supported by three specific objectives which can be summarised as:

  1. Ideologies
  2. Individuals
  3. Institutions.

If you would like to find out more about the Prevent Strategy please click here.

Since 1 July 2015 the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a duty on certain bodies to have ‘due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’. This includes:

  • Local authorities
  • Schools (excluding higher and further education)
  • Further education
  • Higher education
  • The health sector
  • Prisons and probation
  • The police



In response to the national strategy, the GMP Prevent Team aims to:

  • Mitigate against the threat of terrorism in Greater Manchester by using the core principles of Neighbourhood Policing, Crime Prevention and Safeguarding in a counter terrorism context.

Ask GMP Prevent Team a question

The threat we face from terrorism is real and Prevent is built on the very simple concept that we can’t arrest our way out of the problem. While we rightly focus on the significant threat posed by international terrorism and those in the UK who are inspired by it, we also work to reduce the threats, risks and vulnerabilities posed by domestic extremists such as the Far Right and Northern Irish related terrorism.

Disrupting terrorist activity, preventing radicalisation and supporting those vulnerable to becoming involved in violent extremism is a shared responsibility under Prevent. Within Greater Manchester Police, a dedicated Prevent Team puts significant effort into building relationships with local police officers and other specialist departments, local partners and communities to:

  1. Increase multi-agency understanding of Prevent
  2. Build a shared understanding of threat, risk and vulnerability
  3. Work with partners to find common solutions
  4.  Increase confidence within our communities.

Engagement is a key part of our work. This can be best described as Neighbourhood Policing within a Counter Terrorism context. Every Division in Greater Manchester has a dedicated Prevent Officer (PO). POs work with local communities to identify tensions and grievances. They build relationships with key community contacts to provide reassurance and help build resilience.

The team of officers aim to encourage ongoing discussions with communities in order to make sure that terrorism is prevented from taking root in our communities and neighbourhoods. They support the wider engagement activities already taking place in schools, places of worship and community groups. Through this work we are strengthening communities in order to challenge the ideologies and messages of hate which could lead to terrorism.

Partner Engagement is the key to building relationships with organisations and individuals locally who own a stake in managing risk and protecting vulnerable communities and individuals.

If you would like to find out more about the work of our POs you can send in a question. Alternatively, see who your local PO is by clicking on the attachment to the right.

Channel – Safeguarding Vulnerable People from Being Drawn into Terrorism

Channel is a key element of Prevent. It is a multi-agency approach to protect people at risk from radicalisation. Channel uses existing collaboration between Local Authorities, statutory partners (e.g. Adult and Children’s Services, Education, Health and offender management services), the police and the local community to:

  • identify individuals at risk of being drawn into terrorism
  • assess the nature and extent of that risk
  • develop the most appropriate support plan for the individuals concerned.

Channel is about safeguarding adults and children from being drawn into terrorism. It is about early intervention to protect and divert people away from the risks they face.

If you would like further information on Channel please send in a question. Alternatively, see who your local Prevent Officer is by clicking on the attachment to the right.

If you have concerns about an individual potentially being radicalised please ring 101 quoting Channel or the Anti-Terrorism Hotline on 0800 789 321. If it is an emergency please ring 999.

Prevent Partner Dashboard Cloud

Key partners across the UK have developed a range of materials to develop engagement opportunities with agencies and communities in the Prevent arena. Working on the principal that ‘one size does not fit all,’ these materials may have a specific target audience or highlight content that will appeal to a distinct sector of our communities. Some of the content is designed to support partner agencies whilst other material has been developed to engage with communities.

Downloading Material

Google Drive is used to host the Prevent Dashboard which enables enough free online space to add more material going forward. Downloading is facilitated by having a Google mail (Gmail account).

To request access to the cloud you should send an email containing your name, organisation and Gmail address to National Counter Terrorism Policing HQ Prevent Regional Liaison - Ken.Kirwan.nctphq@met.pnn.police.uk or CT.Awareness@gmp.police.uk

You will then be sent an email link and instructions which will enable you to access all the files in the Prevent Dashboard.

Current material includes:

  • National Prevent briefing for partners
  • National Syria briefing for partners & Syria partners toolkit including community videos
  • Schools Prevent scheme of work including lesson plans
  • Community initiatives (including video, notes and lesson plans)
  • Internet safety
  • Lone actors briefing
  • Far Right briefing

GMP’s Prevent Team works in partnership with all ten local authorities within Greater Manchester. Representatives meet regularly and further information can be found by contacting:

Samiya Butt
Manchester Prevent Coordinator
Telephone: 0161 856 9305
E-mail: s.butt@manchester.gov.uk

Further information on Prevent can be found at:


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