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Preventing Radicalisation and Involvement in Extremism

Reporting Concerns about Terrorism

If it is an emergency, dial 999.

If you consider anything to be suspicious or connected with terrorism:

If you suspect it, report it.

The National Counter-Terrorism Strategy (CONTEST)

The Government’s counter-terrorism strategy (CONTEST), has four areas of work:

  • Pursue: to stop terrorist attacks;
  • Prevent: to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism;
  • Protect: to strengthen our protection against a terrorist attack; and
  • Prepare: to mitigate the impact of a terrorist attack.

More information about CONTEST

What is Prevent?

The threat we face from terrorism is real and the Prevent strategy recognises that we can’t arrest our way out of the problem. The Prevent strategy therefore 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. But 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:

  • Responding to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it (ideology);
  • Preventing people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support (individuals); and
  • Working with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation which we need to address (institutions).

Prevent is not a Police programme. It needs the involvement of local authorities and a wide range of other organisations.

For more information about how the Council is contributing to Prevent, contact the Council’s Prevent lead:, Assistant Director, Operations and Neighbourhoods on Telephone0161 342 3337 or Email If you want to make a referral, please find the Prevent Referral form here Email the completed form to  AND  AND  

Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults from Violent Extremism

The current threat from terrorism in the United Kingdom can involve the exploitation of vulnerable people, including children, young people and vulnerable adults to involve them in terrorism or activity in support of terrorism.

There is agreement across the 10 Greater Manchester Councils and Greater Manchester Police that this is a safeguarding issue.

Since November 2013 Tameside has adopted a policy entitled “Safeguarding Children and Young People Vulnerable to Violent Extremism”.


The multi-agency approach to protect people at risk from radicalisation is called Channel. This uses existing collaboration between local authorities, statutory partners (such as the education and health sectors, social services, children and youth services and offender management services), the police and the local community to:

  • Identify individuals at risk of radicalisation or involvement in terrorism;
  • Assess the nature and extent of that risk; and
  • Develop the most appropriate support plan for the individuals concerned.

Channel is about safeguarding children and adults from being drawn into involvement in terrorism. It is about early intervention to address vulnerabilities, and divert people from harm.

How to Report Concerns about Individuals at Risk

If you are worried about someone being radicalised to be involved in, or to support, violence or terrorism you can report it as follows:

  • For a child or young person (during office hours) contact the Children’s Multi Agency Safeguarding HUB on Telephone0161 342 4101.
  • For a vulnerable adult contact the Adult Safeguarding Team onTelephone 0161 342 5217.
  • Outside office hours call Telephone0161 342 2222.

In any case, if they pose a danger to themselves or others please contact the Police immediately; call 999 in an emergency; or the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on Telephone 0800 789 321.

Learning More about Prevent

A range of briefing products are available to raise awareness about counter-terrorism and Prevent. These are accredited by the Home Office and Association of Chief Police Officers, and are delivered free of charge by the Greater Manchester Police Prevent Engagement Officer (PEO) for Oldham.

For example, WRAP sessions (Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent) give an overview of Prevent and how to recognise the initial signs of individuals vulnerable to radicalisation as well as those who radicalise.

For more information, please contact:

DC Darren Howarth
Mobile: 07827 979113
Work: 0161 856 6332

DC David Bull
Mobile: 07775 405550
Work: 0161 856 8912 / 0161 856 6345

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