What to do if you are worried about a child


What is Prevent?

The Prevent strategy is part of the UK Counter Terrorism Strategy (CONTEST), based on the Counter Terrorism and Security Act of 2015.  It requires public bodies, including local authorities, the police, prisons, providers of probation services, schools, colleges, and universities to act to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism, ensuring awareness of risks of terrorism.

Prevent has three main objectives:

  • to respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism
  • to support vulnerable people and prevent people from being drawn into terrorism
  • to work with key sectors and institutions and address risks

It focuses on early intervention before any illegal activity takes place. The aim is to reduce the likelihood of individuals who support a violent extremist ideology of becoming terrorists.

Prevent referrals should be made via your local children's services using the National Prevent Referral Form


  1. Calling the Team on: 0118 937 3641
  2. Emailing the Team on CSPOA@brighterfuturesforchildren.org
  3. Email Prevent National Referral Forms to: preventreferralsreading@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

 West Berkshire:

  1. Calling the team on 01635 503090
  2. Emailing the team on child@westberks.gov.uk
  3. Email Prevent National Referral Forms to: preventreferralswestberkshire@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk


  1. Calling the team on 0118 908 8002
  2. Emailing the team on triage@wokingham.gov.uk
  3. Email Prevent National Referral Forms to: preventreferralswokingham@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

Referrals or Prevent related concerns to be submitted to the email addresses above, dependent on the Local Authority Area.

Thames Valley Police Referral Pathway TVP Prevent Referral Pathway

When sending referrals to this email address, please ensure all biographical details are included e.g. full name of the person being referred, DOB, address. Other useful information should be included where possible e.g. details of family members, social media details, phone numbers. The referrer should also include their name, role and contact details. When explaining the reason for the referral, please provide as much information and context as possible to help us make an assessment.

This is managed daily during office hours Monday to Friday. A member of the Thames Valley Police Prevent Team will contact you to take further information or provide advice. If you have immediate concerns or you need to contact outside of these hours please call 101 and ask for the on call Special Branch Sergeant.  Thames Valley Police will contact the relevant local authority children's services if there is a risk/or the issue relates to a child or young person.

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