Helping ‘Prevent’ terrorism and extremism

Prevent is the Government’s strategy to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism, in all its forms, by acting early to challenge extremist and terrorist ideologies and behaviours.

Reading Borough Council runs a multi-agency Prevent partnership to help all agencies work together on Prevent, including assessing risk in the local area, training, awareness raising and providing intervention and support to individuals at risk of being influenced or ‘groomed’ into terrorism.

Warning signs

There is no single profile of a person likely to become drawn into extremist and terrorist ideologies and behaviours but signs could be:

  • becoming withdrawn and stopping participating in their usual activities
  • expressing feelings of anger, grievance, injustice
  • go missing from their home, school or care setting
  • a new group of friends who have an extremist ideology
  • using language that supports ‘us and them’ thinking
  • possessing or searching for extremist literature online
  • joining organisations that hold extremist views

If you are worried about someone

1. Make safe

If emergency services are required, call 999. Take responsible steps to ensure that there is no immediate danger.

2. Refer

  • For Adults: Social and Healthcare Team
    • 0118 937 3747 (01344 786 543 out-of-hours emergencies only)
  • For Children: Reading MASH
    • 0118 937 3641 (01344 786 543 out-of-hours emergencies only)

Internet Safety

The internet and social media provides many opportunities for those with extreme views to target young or vulnerable individuals.

Information and support

  • Prevent Duty Guidance – Government issued guidance on the Prevent Duty for England and Wales
  • Channel Panel Guidance – Government issued guidance on the Channel Process
  • Let’s Talk About It – A site that provides detailed information on Prevent and Channel, including guidance on spotting signs of radicalisation, alongside signposting to further resources
  • – For helpful information on signs to look out for, and a national police Prevent advice line where you can share your concerns, in confidence, with specially trained Prevent officers.

Complaints procedure

Complaints about the Prevent or Channel in Reading should be directed to the Chief Executive, Reading Borough Council using the make a complaint form. An appropriate course of action will be then be decided and will follow the corporate complaints procedure.

The action undertaken will depend on the subject matter of the complaint; issues of administrative fault will be considered separately from complaints of disagreement or ideological/religious divergence.

Reading Borough Council will lead and co-ordinate the complaint response. It will also be responsible for answering complaints relating to procedure.

If the complaint refers exclusively to a single partner agency, or the personnel of a single agency, it will be reviewed under their organisation’s complaints procedure.

If the complaint concerns safeguarding issues, it will be dealt with by the local authority’s safeguarding complaints procedure.

If the complaint alleges harassment, it will be cross-referred to the harassment procedure.