Counter Terrorism

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 the person you care about can be protected from being groomed and exploited by extremists.

CONTEST is the name of the UK's Counter-Terrorism Strategy. CONTEST is split into four work streams that are known within the counter-terrorism community as the "four P's":


Safeguard people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism
Aim: Reduce intent


Stop terrorist attaches happening in the UK and overseas
Aim: Reduce capability


Strengthen our protection against a terrorist attack in the UK or overseas
Aim: Reduce vulnerability


Mitigate the impact of a terrorist incidents if it occurs
Aim: Reduce impact

The council mainly works with partners through the Prevent strand.


The purpose of Prevent is to safeguard and support vulnerable people to stop them becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism of any form.

Prevent aims to:

• tackle the causes of radicalisation and respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism
• safeguard and support those most at risk of radicalisation through early intervention, identifying them and offering support
• enable those who have already engaged in terrorism to disengage and rehabilitate

Police forces across the country have specially trained officers who work with professionals in health, education, local authorities and charities, as well as faith and community groups to help vulnerable people move away from extremism. They are here to listen and offer help and advice. Receiving support is voluntary.

Anyone can make a referral, and they are received from a wide range of partners including communities, education, health, youth offending teams, police and children's social care. Members of the public can also refer into the police Prevent team.

For more information on Prevent, who to talk to and how to make a Prevent referral please visit the Safer Derbyshire website. The Home Office have also put together a new GOV.UK Prevent guidance page. Which provides you with clear, accessible information about the Prevent Programme, advice on how to make a referral and the types of support offered through Channel.


Act Early…

Friends and family are best placed to spot the signs, so trust your instincts and share your concerns in confidence. They can help if you act early. You won't be wasting police time and you won’t ruin lives, but you might save them.

You can also find more information on how to help someone close to you on the Act Early website.