Torbay Safeguarding Children Partnership

Prevent is part of the UK government's counter-terrorism strategy, also known as CONTEST. Its aim is to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

The Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a statutory duty on specified authorities to have 'due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism'.

The strategy involves thousands of people - police and intelligence officers, the emergency services, local authorities, businesses, voluntary and community organisations, governments and other partners - working together across the UK and the world to protect the public.

The strategy has four work strands:

  • Pursue - to stop terrorist attacks
  • Prevent - to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism
  • Protect - to strengthen our protection against terrorist attack
  • Prepare - where an attack cannot be stopped, to lessen its impact

More information what is being done in Torbay and what to do if you suspect someone may be involved in extremism can be found on the Torbay Council website.

Communities Defeat Terrorism ACT Campaign

As restrictions have eased, we want the public to stay safe whilst they enjoy being out and about. Safer Communities Torbay are supporting Counter-Terrorism Policing’s Communities Defeat Terrorism Campaign which encourages communities, the public and businesses to help tackle terrorism and save lives by remaining vigilant and reporting suspicious behaviour and activity.

Whilst understandably terrorism hasn’t been front of mind for many during lockdown, the threat of terrorism in the UK has not gone away and remains ‘substantial’, meaning an attack is likely. The cooperation between everyone in the community is a powerful tool which is why it is so important that we all play our role. Everyone can play their part in helping keep us all safe as venues and sectors of the economy open up again.

We are encouraging communities, the public and businesses to help the police tackle terrorism and save lives by remaining vigilant and reporting suspicious behaviour. Any piece of information could be important, no matter how insignificant it may appear. If you see or hear something suspicious, trust your instincts and ACT.

To report online and learn more about the signs to spot, visit If you have any concerns about reporting, take a look at these FAQ’s.

In an emergency always call 999.



iREPORTit is a new free mobile app that allows the public to quickly and easily report online material promoting violent extremism to the national Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit (CTIRU). Information submitted via the app is confidential and completely anonymous with no personally identifiable information collected by the app. Content shared is reviewed by specially trained CTIRU officers who assess each referral and take appropriate action.

The app offers the public another way to report worrying or disturbing material and has been introduced as a much simpler and alternative route to going through the government website at


Report your Concerns

If you believe that someone is at risk of radicalisation you can help them obtain support and prevent them becoming involved in terrorism by raising your concerns and making a referral.

If there is an immediate threat to life always dial 999.

Members of the public can call 101 to report any concerns. All calls are dealt with sensitively and you can you can speak with a Prevent officer if you prefer. Alternatively you can call the CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If you are from a partner agency, you can EITHER make a referral online OR complete the Prevent National Referral Form below and email it to   Further guidance on the Prevent referral process for Torbay can be found in the Flowchart below.

Remember - If you suspect it, report it.

Training and Resources

i-learn courses specific to Prevent can be found here

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