Extremism is defined as:

vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We also include in our definition of extremism calls for the death of members of our armed forces, whether in this country or overseas. (HM Government Prevent Strategy).

On this page you will find information about how to report extremism and what signs to look out for.

If a criminal offence is happening now, call 999.

You can also report a crime that has happened (or you suspect will happen) to the police online, or call 101.

Signs of radicalisation

There is no single route to radicalisation, and it can affect anyone irrespective of race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, background etc.

Signs may include:

  • secretive behaviour
  • showing sympathy for extremist causes
  • glorifying violence and supporting illegal groups
  • losing interest in friends and activities
  • legitimising the use of violence to defend ideology or cause
  • possessing illegal or extremist literature

If you are concerned that someone is becoming radicalised contact one of our safeguarding teams.

If you are concerned about a child

Report concerns about a child by:

If you are concerned about an adult

Report concerns about an adult by:

How to make a referral to Prevent

If you have any concerns that an individual may be at risk of radicalisation, please make a referral via the National Referral Form here. The information provided will be assessed by the local authority safeguarding team and the Prevent policing team.

In an emergency, please dial 999. If you’re suspicious of something that could identify a terrorist threat anywhere in the UK, call the Anti-Terrorism Hotline on 0800 789 321.

Our role in preventing extremism

In Portsmouth, authorities and communities are working together to deliver the Government’s Prevent strategy through the Community Safety Partnership which is part of the Health and Wellbeing Board. The strategy is set up to challenge all forms of terrorism, including the influence of violent far right extremists.

The focus of Prevent is identifying people who may be vulnerable to radicalisation or getting involved in extremism and supporting them in order to help protect them from harm. Radicalisation is comparable to other forms of harm and abuse and is treated as a safeguarding issue.