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Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism. Prevent is 1 of the 4 elements of CONTEST, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

The below video has been made by students at St Brendan’s College in Bristol in conjunction with police Prevent officers. This is the story of a young woman who was radicalised and then, via the Channel programme, worked with police and other agencies to move away from extremism.


Building the Bridge is the organisation that works to keep Bristol communities safe against radicalisation and extremism. This leaflet lets you know what help and information is available if you have concerns that someone may be vulnerable to radicalisation.

Keeping Bristol communities safe from radicalisation

Female Genital Mutilation

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is also known as female circumcision or female genital cutting. FGM has no health benefits, and it harms girls and women in many ways. It involves removing and damaging healthy and normal female genital tissue, and interferes with the natural functions of girls’ and women’s bodies.

Professionals who are concerned that a child may be at risk of FGM should visit our Professionals page for more information. Members of the public should report a concern if you are worried about a specific child.

More information on FGM can be found on the Bristol Against Violence and Abuse website, or download the below leaflets:

FGM leaflet

FGM and the law leaflet

County Lines

County lines is the police term for urban gangs supplying drugs to suburban areas and market and coastal towns. It involves child criminal exploitation (CCE) as gangs use children and vulnerable people to move drugs and money.

Following the publication of County Lines guidance last year, the Home Office is now working with partners to raise awareness of county lines. A range of materials have been developed to help statutory and non-statutory staff identify victims and report concerns to protect those exploited through this criminal activity.

Home Office County Lines Guidance

County Lines posters and leaflets

Resources for Private Security

Resources for Taxi and Private Hire

Resources for Bus and Coach Companies

Resources for Train Operating Companies

Resources for Private Landlords and Letting Agents

Adverse Childhood Experiences

Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, are stressful events or experiences that occur in childhood. Studies have found that as the number of ACEs increased in the population studied, so did the risk of experiencing a range of health conditions in adulthood.

Bristol is an ACE aware city and held a conference on ACEs in March 2019. You can see the presentations from that conference here.

Resilience is a film about ACEs that can be screened in schools and other professional environments. For a copy of the film please contact us.

Child Sexual Exploitation

Any child or young person may be at risk of sexual exploitation, regardless of their family background or other circumstances. This includes boys and young men as well as girls and young women.

Sexual exploitation can involve varying degrees of coercion, intimidation or enticement, including unwanted pressure from their peers to have sex, sexual bullying (including cyber bullying), and grooming for sexual activity.

Free From Fear is a film premiere, designed by young people, to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation among young people. The project was put forward by young people supported by Barnardo’s. The film features three spoken word performances on surviving sexual abuse through the viewpoint of the older self, giving strength to the younger self.

See the film here

 The Shout Out Speak Out leaflet has been adapted for Bristol from a design developed by Barnardo's Northern Ireland and the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland. We would like to thank them for their support in sharing this leaflet.

Poster - This version can be printed as a leaflet or an A3 poster

Foldable Leaflet - This version can be printed and folded in to a pocket sized leaflet.

Survivor Pathway. Visit to find advice and support for survivors of sexual violence

Barnardo’s BASE is a local specialist service for young people under 25 who have been sexually exploited. For more information on the help they provide, or to refer a case, please visit their site.

PACE.  Further information and resources for parents/carers can be found on Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation.

Online Safety

Here are some of the resources that have been developed for use by families, carers, and education professionals to keep children safe online:

Think You Know holds resources for children, young people and families regarding online grooming and exploitation.

Ofsted Online Safety HANDOUT - list of resources for children, parents and staff

Social Media App bulletin - January 2018

6 step checklist - Steps for families and carers to start a conversation about online safety

What can parents do to keep children safe online? - Steps for families and carers to start a conversation about online safety

E Safety Family Contract - Helpful tool for families to sign up to

Online Abuse - briefing for frontline professionals (Dec 2017)

Online Abuse Tool - tool for frontline professionals (Dec 2017)

NSPCC guide for parents to being 'share aware' - Guidance for parents

'Smartie the Penguin' - online safety for Early Years, presentation for professionals

'Smartie the Penguin' Time to chat, resource for education professionals 

Safe Password promotional leaflet

Stop Speak Support - Campaign which aims to help young people spot cyberbullying and know what steps they can take to stop it happening and provide support to the person being bullied.

Phishing promotional leaflet

Cyber Sextortion poster v1 - e-version

Cyber Sextortion poster v2 - to print

Report online abuse by visiting