What is prevent and channel?
Prevent is safeguarding and supporting vulnerable people to stop them from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
Channel is a multi-agency approach to safeguarding, supporting and protecting children, young people and vulnerable adults at risk of radicalisation, extremism or terrorist related activity. Barnsley Channel Panel has been set up to support individuals who may fall into one of these areas.
Prevent works in a similar way to programmes designed to safeguard people from gangs, drug abuse, and physical and sexual abuse.
To help we need to tackle the causes of radicalisation, in communities and online; continue to give effective support to those who are vulnerable to radicalisation; and to help people find a way out if they are already engaged in or supporters of terrorism.
Prevent will help to:
- Tackle the causes of radicalisation and respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism.
- Safeguard and support those most at risk of radicalisation through early help, finding out who they are and offering support.
- Help those who have already engaged in terrorism to get out and rehabilitate.
We have a duty under Section 26 of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 to help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. Other authorities who also have a duty include: police, schools, further and higher education, health, prisons and probation.
The Prevent duty was introduced on 1 July 2015 to make sure that the same approach is taken by all authorities in the UK. It will also help to stop terrorism by responding to the ideological challenge of terrorism and to put people off from travelling to Syria and Iraq. Read GOV.UK's prevent duty guidance.
Channel and referrals
Channel is a multi-agency approach to safeguarding, supporting and protecting children, young people and vulnerable adults at risk of radicalisation, extremism or terrorist related activity.
Barnsley Channel Panel aims to:
- find individuals at risk of being drawn into extremism
- look at the nature and extent of the risk
- develop the most appropriate support plan for the people concerned. Read Barnsley Prevent and Channel Referral Guidance for more information about the Channel process and the support plans we can put in place
- report an issue through the Prevent National Referral Form
Prevent and channel training
We offer training to organisations, community groups, schools, colleges, front line staff who engage with children, young people and individuals or groups who may be susceptible to being radicalised or drawn into extremist narratives.
You can contact us on (01226) 787733 to talk about your requirements and to book training.
- Read more at ACT Early for support and guidance on radicalisation and terrorism
- Read GOV.UK's extremist materials
- Read the National Police Chief's Council's staying safe advice
- Find out more about counter-terrorism policing from the North East Counter Terrorism Unit
If you feel like you have anything to report you can call the UK Anti-Terrorist Hotline Number on 0800 789 321.