Helping to prevent terrorism
Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
Channel is a key part of the Prevent strategy within the governments overall counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST. The aim of Prevent is to reduce the threat of terrorism in the UK by stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. Channel is a multi-agency approach to identifying and providing support to individuals who are at risk of being drawn into terrorism. Channel is about safeguarding children and adults from being drawn into committing terrorist-related activity. It is about early intervention to protect and divert people away from the risk they face before illegality occurs.
How Does Channel Work?
It aims to protect vulnerable people by:
A. identifying individuals at risk;
B. assessing the nature and extent of that risk; and
C. developing the most appropriate support plan for the individuals concerned.
Who Is It Aimed At?
Channel is for any adult or child, regardless of faith, ethnicity or background, who is vulnerable to being drawn into any form of terrorism, radicalisation or extremism; to provide support before they are exploited and/or led into embracing terrorism or becoming involved in criminal terrorist related activity.
What Is The Local Authority Duty Regarding Channel Panel?
- Local Authorities to ensure that a multi-agency panel exists in their area;
• Local Authority to chair the panel;
• The panel to develop support plans for individuals accepted as Channel cases;
• The panel to consider alternative forms of support, including health and social services, where Channel is not appropriate;
• All partners of a panel (as specified in Schedule 7), so far as appropriate and reasonably practicable, to cooperate with the police and the panel in the carrying out of their functions.