Preventing Radicalisation

Find out how to report suspicious activity, what to do if you think someone is at risk of radicalisation, and what the Prevent duty is.

In an emergency, or if you need urgent Police assistance, you should always call 999

Prevent is about stopping people from being radicalised and becoming terrorists supporting terrorism.

At the heart of Prevent is safeguarding children and adults, and providing early intervention to protect and divert people away from being drawn into terrorist activity.

Safeguarding vulnerable people from radicalisation is no different from safeguarding from other forms of harm.

How to report suspicious activity

If you've seen or heard something that could potentially be related to terrorism, trust your instincts and report it. Your actions could save lives.

It only takes a moment to make a report online: Tell us about possible terrorist activity.

You can also report suspicious activity by contacting the Police in confidence on 0800 789 321.

Every year thousands of reports from the public help the Police to keep communities safe from terrorism.

Further information can be found at: Action Counters Terrorism.

What should I do if I think someone is at risk of radicalisation?

Radicalisation is the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and extremist ideologies. If you are worried someone close to you is becoming radicalised, act early and seek help. The sooner you reach out, the quicker we can protect the person you care about from being groomed and exploited by extremists.

Friends and family are best placed to spot the signs, so trust your instincts and tell us your concerns in confidence.

To find out more about how to help someone close to you, visit Act Early, or watch this video for more information.

Suffolk has a programme which focuses on providing support at an early stage to people who are identified as being vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism - if you are a front line officer who has concerns about someone you feel is at risk of radicalisation, please contact or complete a Vulnerable to Radicalisation form.

What is the Prevent duty?

Section 26 of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 placed a duty on specified agencies to have "due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism".

Suffolk has a multi-agency Prevent Delivery Group which brings together a whole range of agencies to work together to meet the Prevent Duty - they have a 3 year Prevent Delivery Group Strategy in place.

If you would like to know more about the work being done locally to Suffolk, please contact