What is Prevent?

Prevent is about safeguarding individuals and communities from the threat of terrorism. It is delivered as part of CONTEST, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy.

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If someone is identified as being potentially vulnerable to radicalisation or extremism, Prevent puts in place processes to help them. If you have any concerns that someone may be vulnerable to radicalisation you must complete a National Referral Form so that the Prevent team can assess the level of need and develop a response.


Completing a National Referral Form

By sending this National Referral Form you consent for it to arrive with both your dedicated Local Authority safeguarding team & Prevent policing team for a joint assessment (if required).

Wherever possible the Prevent policing team aim to give referrers feedback on their referral, please be aware, however, that this is not always possible due to data-protection & other case sensitivities.

Once you have completed this form, please email it to:

If you are unsure about how to complete the form you can contact the Prevent Gateway Team: Prevent Gateway Team or call 01865 555618.

Examples of information you may need to include

  • How / why did the Individual come to your organisation’s notice in this instance?
  • Does it involve a specific event? What happened? Is it a combination of factors? Describe them.
  • Has the Individual discussed personal travel plans to a warzone or countries with similar concerns? Where? When? How?
  • Does the Individual have contact with groups or individuals that cause you concern? Who? Why are they concerning? How frequent is this contact?
  • Is there something about the Individual’s mobile phone, internet or social media use that is worrying to you? What exactly? How do you have access to this information?
  • Has the Individual expressed a desire to cause physical harm, or threatened anyone with violence? Who? When? Can you remember what was said / expressed exactly?
  • Has the Individual shown a concerning interest in hate crimes, or extremists, or terrorism? Consider any extremist ideology, group or cause, as well as support for “school-shooters” or public-massacres, or murders of public figures
  • Please describe any other concerns you may have that are not mentioned here

Safeguarding concerns and advice

If you are unsure what to do or are concerned that there is also a safeguarding concern for a child, adult or both, please contact the relevant safeguarding teams for advice.

If you have concerns about a child under the age of 18 please contact the Southampton Children's Resource Service professional line.
Telephone: 023 8083 3004

If you have concerns about a person aged 18 and over please contact the Adult Social Care Connect (ASCC)
Telephone: 023 8083 3003

If you have any concerns and would like to report them to the council, please contact the Community Safety Team email:

If your concern is an emergency please contact the police immediately on 999.

What happens after a referral is made?


Our e-learning module has been developed by the council for the city. It aims to explain key terms such as 'extremism', 'radicalisation' and 'terrorism'. It will also explain what Prevent is, how to report a concern about an individual in Southampton and what happens once a concern has been reported. It should take around 15 minutes to complete.

Southampton e-learning

You should also complete the Government Prevent e-learning module, which provides the learner with a certificate of completion.

Government Prevent e-learning

Further training needs will be identified and provided by your team or agency.

If you require further resources or alternative training packages, information is available via these links:

Southampton Prevent Partnership Board

To ensure all institutions in Southampton are meeting their responsibilities under the Prevent duty, a sub-committee of the Safe City Partnership has been established. The Southampton Prevent Partnership Board comprises over 20 members who are listed in the terms of reference document. The board aims to mirror the activity of the Hampshire Prevent Board to ensure that opportunities to work collaboratively are not missed.


The council has developed a list of FAQs about Prevent that may answer some questions you have around Prevent and the Channel Panel.

Contact details

If you would like any more details about any of the information on this page please contact Southampton City Council’s Stronger Communities Team on 023 8083 3951.

Modern slavery

Southampton City Council is committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking and has produced a modern slavery statement.

Reporting modern slavery

If you suspect modern slavery, report it to the Modern Slavery Helpline on 0800 012 1700 or the police on 101. In an emergency always call 999. Don't leave it to someone else. Your information could save a life.

For local information about Modern Day Slavery please go to the Southampton Safeguarding Adults Board's information on Modern Day Slavery.

Reporting a hate crime

Hate crime is when a person, or group of people, bullies or hurts someone because they don't like who they are. This can include a crime or harassment, which is perceived to be motivated by malice, or ill will, towards a social group, by the victim or any other person.

The attacker could be any age or anyone - a stranger, a parent, a carer, a friend or a neighbour.

Reporting hate crime and harassment

First of all consider the safety of you and the victim. If either of you are in danger, call the police immediately on 999.

For less urgent cases you can visit any police station or call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Crimes should always be reported to the police. You can also report an incident locally online.

You may find SPECTRUM's website useful for more detailed information and a list of local Third Party Hate Crime Reporting Centres.