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 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. 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:
Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults from radicalisation and involvement in terrorism
Vulnerable people, including children, young people and adults can be exploited by people who seek to involve them in terrorism or activity in support of terrorism.
In Cumbria, this exploitation is recognised by all partners, including the Police as a potential safeguarding issue. Guidance has been produced for all professionals working with children and adults for whom there are concerns that they are vulnerable and at risk of becoming involved in violent extremist activity.
This guidance can be found on the Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership website, and applies to both adults and children.
If you are worried about anyone who is at risk of being radicalised by people who are involved in, or support, terrorism please contact the Anti-Terror Hotline – 0800 789 321 (or in an emergency, dial 999)
If you consider anything to be suspicious or connected with terrorism, contact Cumbria Police on the non-emergency number 101
You might have heard of social media influencer Andrew Tate, who’s recently been in the news. We know that children are reading his messages and posts about violence towards women, and his views can be dangerous for both boys and girls. Read this factsheet so you’re prepared and able to talk to your child about Andrew Tate and his opinions
Exithate website – https://www.exithub.org/ – Exit Hate is a charity (1197666) made up of people from all walks of life. Some of us are trained counsellors, some of us have had family members involved in extremism and some of us are former political activists who have been involved in extremism and know what it is like to get involved, but also what it is like to feel disillusioned. If you need someone to talk to, Exit offers a listening ear, support and advice, often from a lived experience perspective so people who wish to can get help to walk away from extremism and rebuild their lives. If you are an individual involved or are a family, with a loved one involved, you are not alone. Exit Hate can support you. Please reach out to us for free/non-judgemental support today. While our main focus is far-right extremism, because this is the background most of us come from, we support people who have been impacted by all forms of extremism, so if you need help, please get in touch.