Reporting concerns about radicalisation (text only)

The PREVENT referral flowchart outlines the steps you need to take if you have concerns that someone is being radicalised.

To report other concerns you can:

  • To report a safeguarding concern that doesn’t relate to radicalisation see our reporting safety and welfare concerns flowchart
  • To report suspicious behaviour or activity call the Anti-Terror Hotline on 0800 789 321
  • To report extremist online material go to https://www.gov.uk/report-terrorism
  • To report a hate crime or incident contact the police on 101
  • to report information and intelligence (other than a crime or safeguarding concern) use the police’s online Partner Agency Information Sharing Form or telephone 101 – intelligence could relate to sightings of extremist symbology or messages, or information about hate incidents or community tensions

View a PDF version of the flowchart

Prevent referral flowchart

Step One: Prevent concern is identified. Go to Step Two.

Step Two. Discuss your concerns:

  1. Discuss concerns with line manager and, if required, the local Counter Terrorism Policing Team: contact 01392 225130 or email facPrevent@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk
  2. Assess if the person meets criteria for a Prevent referral listed on the Police Prevent Referral Form
  3. Call 999 if there is immediate risk of harm to the subject or another; immediate risk of a crime being committed; or immediate risk of travel to a conflict zone.
  4. Go to Step Three.

Step Three: Choose from the following:

  1. Your concerns meet the criteria for a Prevent referral. Go to Step Four.
  2. Your concerns don’t meet criteria for a Prevent referral but do meet criteria for a safeguarding referral. Go to Step Five.
  3. Your concerns don’t meet criteria for a Prevent referral or a safeguarding referral. Go to Step Six.

Step Four: Concerns that meet criteria for a Prevent referral

If your concerns relate to an adult (aged 18 and over):

  1. Complete Police Prevent Referral Form (ignore signposting to national safeguarding processes and follow the local process below). You do not need to complete a safeguarding adults’ referral, but the Prevent referral will be shared with the adult safeguarding hub for information.
  2. Submit one email with referral form attached to both addresses below:
  3. If you are an employee of Devon County Council please cc. helpprevent-mailbox@devon.gov.uk
  4. Go to Step Steven

If your concerns relate to a child (aged under 18):

  1. Complete the following:
  2. Submit one email with both documents attached to both addresses below:
  3. If you are an employee of Devon County Council please cc. helpprevent-mailbox@devon.gov.uk
  4. If you are the social worker for the person you have Prevent concerns about, and the case is open, complete the Police Prevent Referral Form. Submit one email with referral form attached to both addresses below:
  5. Go to Step Seven.

Step 5: Concerns don’t meet criteria for a Prevent referral but do meet criteria for a safeguarding referral.

  1. Seek consent and complete the following:

Step Six: Concerns don’t meet criteria for a Prevent referral or a safeguarding referral.

  1. Give consideration to Early Help and the Adolescent Safety Framework (applicable if the person is under 18, or is 18-25 and is a care leaver or has Special Educational Needs).

Step Seven: After making a Prevent referral

  1. After receiving a Prevent referral Counter Terrorism Policing Team will contact the referrer.
  2. Information is shared between Safeguarding Teams and Counter Terrorism Policing Team as appropriate.
  3. A screening assessment is conducted. The outcome is one of the following:
    • Police Prevent process
    • Referral into multiagency Channel
    • No further action in relation to Prevent. However, other safeguarding action may be taken if deemed appropriate.

If the person you are concerned about lives outside of Devon or Cornwall or you would like to report concerns anonymously contact the National Police Prevent Advice Line on 0800 011 3764.