Prevent is a key strand in the government’s counter-terrorism strategy, also known as CONTEST.
Local authorities are seen as having a major role to play in preventing people from being drawn into terrorist activity – whatever the ideology behind it.
The aim of Prevent is to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
The government regards Prevent as a key part of CONTEST and does not believe it is possible to resolve the threats we face simply by arresting and prosecuting more people.
Prevent addresses all forms of terrorism but continues to prioritise according to the threat they pose to our national security.
Within this overall framework the new Prevent strategy will specifically:
Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it;
Prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and make sure they are given appropriate advice and support; and
Work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation which we need to address.
Channel is an early intervention scheme, which provides support to anyone who are identified as being at risk of radicalisation and vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism and. It provides tailored individual support. It makes sure vulnerable children and adults of any faith, ethnicity or background receive support before their vulnerabilities are exploited by those that would want them to embrace terrorism, and before they become involved in criminal terrorist related activity.
The programme uses a multi-agency approach to protect vulnerable people and:
- identifies individuals at risk
- assesses the nature and extent of that risk and,
- develops the most appropriate support plan for the individuals concerned.
Success of the programme is dependent on the co-operation and co-ordinated activity of partners. It works best when the individuals and their families fully engage with the programme and are supported in a consistent manner. Taking part in Channel is voluntary.