Prevent is part of CONTEST, the Government’ Counter Terrorism Strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorist or supporting terrorism The aim of Prevent is for local agencies and communities to work together to disrupt those who promote the ideology of terrorism and provide support to individuals who are vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism.
The Prevent strategy seeks to support people who are vulnerable to radicalisation. Re-launched in July 2011, the new strategy is about providing early intervention and support, not criminalising. The core element of this new strategy is for local risks to be identified, assessed, and a proportionate response and support provided through Channel.
The strategy is aimed at 3 main objectives which are:
- Ideology: respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it;
- Individuals: prevent people from being drawn into terrorism/radicalisation and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support;
- Institutions: work with a wide range of sectors (in particular education, faith, health, the internet and criminal justice) where there are risks of radicalisation which we need to address.
Channel provides a mechanism for assessing and supporting individuals who may be targeted by violent extremists or drawn in to violent extremism. Channel is modelled on other successful multi-agency risk management processes.
Channel uses existing collaboration between local authorities, the police, statutory partners (such as the education sector, social services, children’s and youth services and offender management services) and the local community to:
- identify individuals at risk of being drawn in to violent extremism
- assess the nature and extent of that risk
- develop the most appropriate support for the individuals concerned.
In February 21015, the Government introduced the Counter Terrorism and Security Act which places a statutory duty on Local Authorities, police, education, health and prisons and probation to ensure that agencies are working together to deliver Prevent at the local level.
What is Channel Referring Mechanism?
You can refer all individuals that you feel are vulnerable to radicalisation. A referral can be made by an individual or an organisation, provided the referring mechanism is followed.
Who do I contact when I am suspicious?
Trust your instincts, all information is important. If you wish to report suspicious activities contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.