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Prevent and Channel privacy notice

Privacy Notice - Prevent and Channel

The national Prevent strategy aims to stop people becoming terrorists or from supporting terrorism, in all its forms. Prevent works at the non-criminal stage, using early intervention to encourage and empower individuals and communities to challenge extremist and terrorist ideology and behaviour.

Channel is a multi-agency safeguarding programme within the Prevent strategy, which operates in every local authority in England and Wales. The Channel programme adopts a multi-agency approach to identify and provide support to individuals who are at risk of being drawn into terrorism.

Channel focuses on early intervention to protect vulnerable people from being radicalised and help them avoid being drawn into extremism. If you are offered support through Channel, the Channel Panel operating in the local authority area such as Peterborough City Council will collect and process personal information about you. Under the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR), we have certain responsibilities as a controller and processor of your personal data, and you have certain rights as a data subject. This notice is to inform you of your rights and our responsibilities.

What information do we hold?

The information we may process may include but is not limited to:

  • names
  • dates of birth
  • contact details such (address, email address and telephone number)
  • employment details
  • identification numbers such as National Insurance Number or NHS Number
  • education information
  • family and personal relationships if necessary
  • living arrangements
  • lifestyle
  • substance misuse
  • emotional and mental health including: perceptions of self, thinking and behaviour, attitudes to engagement in relevant activity, motivation to change, and cultural factors
  • risk posed to self and others

We may also process special category data including but not limited to:

  • Health and social care
  • Gender
  • Nationality
  • Ethnicity
  • Religion
  • Political views

We may also process personal data relating to relevant criminal convictions and offences such as allegations and details of behaviour including online activity, previous cautions and convictions.

Why do we have it and what do use it for?

Your information will be used to discuss the given circumstances and concerns with relevant services to develop a tailored support plan for you. Your personal information will only be used for the purpose of Channel support.

In data protection, we have to identify our legal basis for using information. In this instance we rely on the following legal bases:-

  • processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller (Article 6 (1) (e))
  • processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which the controller is subject (Article 6 (1) (c))
  • processing is necessary in order to protect the vital interests of the data subject or of another natural person (Article 6 (1) (d))

When we collect your ‘special categories of personal data’, (such as health, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation) we rely on the following legal bases:-

  • processing is necessary to protect the vital interests of the data subject or of another natural person where the data subject is physically or legally incapable of giving consent (Article 9 (1) (c) )
  • processing is necessary for reasons of substantial public interest (Article 9 (1) (g))

When we collect your criminal convictions and offences personal data we rely on the following legal bases:-

  • processing is necessary for reasons of substantial public interest, for the prevention or detection of crime Where we rely on substantial public interest then this is where the council has duties under the Counter Terrorism & Security Act 2015

Who do we receive information from and who do we share it with?

We collect your information from you directly. We may also obtain your information from other sources such as:

  • your family members
  • internal Council Departments
  • the Police
  • education establishments
  • housing providers
  • health providers
  • partner agencies, such as voluntary organisations and other statutory organisations
  • commissioned service providers

Your information will only be shared with relevant professionals as part of the Channel process which may include:

  • the Police
  • Health services
  • relevant local schools and other educational establishments
  • relevant charities and commissioned services.

The information will be shared securely and only when it is necessary to do so.

We will share personal information with law enforcement or other authorities if required to do so by applicable law.

How long do we keep your information for?

Under Data Protection, we are required to keep information for as long as it is required. It does not however specify how long a specific piece of information should be retained for. Therefore each department will use a retention schedule for documents etc which it holds and have a secure means of destruction. This can be made available.

Your rights You have rights under Data Protection and these are stated on our Data Protection Rights page.

The request will be submitted to the Data Protection Officer and the Information Governance Service. There are reasons why we may not be able to agree to your request but we will explain why and always look to see how we can help you.


If you are unhappy about how your information has been collected, used or stored then you can complain to:

The Data Protection Officer for Peterborough City Council is shown below:

Ben Stevenson

New Shire Hall,

Emery Crescent, 

Enterprise Campus,

Weald, Huntingdon

PE28 4YE

The Information Commissioner’s Office is the UK's independent body set up to uphold information rights. Their role is to uphold information rights in the public interest. They can be contacted as below:

The Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House,

Water Lane Wilmslow,



Tel: 01625 545700