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South Cambridgeshire District Council's Prevent Plan

Prevent is one of the 4 elements of CONTEST, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy (the other elements being: Pursue, Protect and Prepare). The Prevent Duty requires Local Authorities and their partners (including police and health partners) to work together to counter all forms of terrorism and non-violent extremism, and to safeguard individuals at risk of radicalisation.

We have a Prevent Plan which includes actions to support communities to share concerns about individuals at risk of radicalisation, as well as groups who may present a threat. We will work to inform communities and raise awareness about Prevent. We want to support you, our communities, to share local intelligence and make appropriate referrals. 

Spotting the signs

The journey to becoming radicalised is different for everyone and there are many reasons why someone becomes vulnerable. Radicalisation can take place very quickly, or over a long period of time. However, there are certain behaviours you can watch out for that we often see when someone is being led down the path of extremism.

Visit ACT Early to find out more about the signs that someone may be vulnerable to radicalisation.

Businesses and Parish/Town Council resources

These flyers summarise how local businesses [PDF, 0.9MB] and councils [PDF, 0.9MB] can work with us to reduce the risk of radicalisation in our communities. We have also produced a Spotting the Signs of radicalisation [PDF, 0.4MB] leaflet, and some templates to use:

These templates can be adapted and used in line with your pre-existing policies and forms.

How to report or share a concern

You’re best placed to spot when something’s not right with someone close. So trust your instincts and tell the Police your concerns in confidence. Often there’s no need for ongoing police involvement and the right support could be provided by teachers, health or social workers, or specialist mentors.

At risk individuals

If you believe someone is at risk of radicalisation, you can help them get support and prevent them becoming involved in terrorism and potentially violent activities, by raising your concerns via the usual safeguarding channels for your setting, or using Cambridgeshire Constabulary's PREVENT form here.


If you suspect that someone is about to put themselves in danger by travelling to join a terrorist organisation, or appears involved in plans to commit a criminal offence, please inform the police immediately by calling 999.

Further resources

Further resources on Prevent and free training modules can be found on the Home Office website.

Our Prevent Plan

If you would like to know more about our Prevent Plan, please email your request directly to: