Tackling Terrorism and Extremism

Preventing Terrorism and Involvement in Extremism


The national counter terrorism strategy – CONTEST

What is PREVENT?

Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults from radicalisation and involvement in terrorism


How too report concerns about individuals at risk

Learning more about PREVENT

Reporting concerns about Terrorism

The national counter-terrorism strategy - CONTEST

The Government’s counter-terrorism strategy – CONTEST – has four areas of work:

  • Pursue: to stop terrorist attacks
  • Prevent: to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism
  • Protect: to strengthen our protection against a terrorist attack
  • Prepare: to mitigate the impact of a terrorist attack.

More information about the CONTEST Strategy.

What is PREVENT?

The threat we face from terrorism is real, and the Prevent strategy recognises that we cannot arrest our way out of the problem.  The Prevent Strategy therefore aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

The focus of Prevent is on the significant threat posed by international terrorism and those in the UK who are inspired by it.  But it is also concerned with reducing  threats, risks and vulnerabilities posed by domestic extremists such as those from the far right and far left, extreme animal rights activists and those involved in Northern Irish related terrorism.

Prevent is supported by three objectives:

  • Ideology; responding to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it
  • Individuals; preventing people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support and
  • Institutions; working with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation which we need to address

Prevent is not a Police programme.  It requires the involvement of local authorities and a wide range of other organisations.

Further information on the Prevent strategy.

Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults from radicalisation and involvement in terrorism.

Vulnerable people, including children, young people and vulnerable adults can be exploited by people who seek to involve them in terrorism or activity in support of terrorism.

There is an agreement across the 10 Greater Manchester Councils and Greater Manchester Police that this is a safeguarding issue. This guidance is intended to provide a clear framework for all professionals working with children for whom there are concerns that they are vulnerable and at risk of becoming involved in violent extremist activity. For further information please visit Safeguarding Children and Young People policy.  

Trafford’s Safeguarding Adults Board has a policy for safeguarding vulnerable adults from radicalisation and involvement in terrorism.  This is available at:


The multi-agency approach to protect people at risk from radicalisation is called Channel. This uses existing collaboration between local authorities, statutory partners (such as the education and health sectors, social services, children and youth services and offender management services), the police and the local community to:

  • Identify individuals at risk of radicalisation or involvement in terrorism
  • Assess the nature and extent of that risk
  • Develop the most appropriate support plan for the individuals concerned

Channel is about safeguarding children and adults from being drawn into involvement in terrorism. It is about early intervention to address vulnerabilities, and divert people from harm.

Learning more about PREVENT

A range of briefing products are available to raise awareness about counter-terrorism and Prevent.   These are accredited by the Home Office and Association of Chief Police Officers, and are delivered free of charge by the Greater Manchester Police Prevent Engagement Officer (PEO) for Trafford along with Trafford Council's Specialist services officer. 

For more information, please contact: Kim Parkinson or download the Prevent Training catalogue.

Reporting concerns about Terrorism

How to report your concerns about Terrorism and individuals who may be at risk of radicalisation.

If you are worried about anyone who is at risk of being radicalised by people who are involved in, or support, terrorism please contact;

  • In an emergency, dial 999.
  • GMP Prevent Engagement Officer - Kim Parkinson – 07900709270,
  • Anti-Terror Hotline - 0800 789 321.

If you consider anything to be suspicious or connected with terrorism, contact Greater Manchester Police on the non-emergency number 101

Alternatively, you can complete a confidential on-line form.

If you suspect it, report it. 


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