ACT Early – Action Counters Terrorism


Counter Terrorism Police have launched the ‘Act Early’ safeguarding website campaign.

The website is designed to help you act early if someone close to you is acting strange or becoming a stranger.

It can be hard to know what to do if you’re worried someone close is expressing extreme views or hatred, which could lead to them harming themselves or others. Working with other organisations, the police protect vulnerable people from being exploited by extremists through a Home Office programme called Prevent.

This is where you can act early and tell them your concerns in confidence. You won’t be wasting their time and you won’t ruin lives, but you might save them.

Spotting the signs

More important than any one sign is the feeling that something is not right. Friends and family are often the first to spot worrying changes taking place. These can be big or small changes that take place very quickly or over a longer period. Trust your instincts and if you’re concerned seek advice.

Read more about spotting the signs here.

Share a concern

Call the national police Prevent advice line 0800 011 3764, in confidence, to share your concerns with specially trained Prevent officers. The advice line is open 9:00am – 5:00pm every day.

Visit for more information.


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