Safeguarding, terrorism and radicalisation
Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism and is one of the four elements of CONTEST, the government’s counter terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
Prevent Duty Guidance sets out the local authority's duties under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, alongside the roles of schools, registered childcare providers, health, police and other agencies, with specific guidance directed at further and higher education institutions.
The Council seeks to work with the community and partners to ensure that vulnerable adults and young people are identified, supported and diverted from becoming involved in extremism.
Training for Council staff is available:
- WRAP3 - Workshops to Raise Awareness of Prevent
- 1 hour CMeX workshop
- Prevent and Channel Panel Awareness e-learning course are also available through the National College of Policing.
Signs of radicalisation
The following are indicators of radicalisation. While it is possible that all or none may be present for someone being radicalised, they may also indicate another safeguarding concern.
- Being drawn into to strong principles and ideologies held by others, as a means to control
- Social network involvement in extremism
- Being at a transitional time in life
- Having a need for identity, meaning and belonging
- Being influenced or controlled by a groups
- Feelings of grievance and injustice
- Feeling under threat
- Displaying mental health concerns
- A desire for status
- A desire for excitement or adventure
- A need to dominate and control other
What do I do?
If you have any concern that a child, young person or adult is at risk of radicalisation then discuss these concerns promptly with a manager or Prevent lead in your team, following the process set out in the attached process charts and completing the Form 101 for children and young people or Form 102 for adults, returning to the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).
The police will look at the referral received and identify further information required. If it is determined that the person is at risk, then the case might be discussed at a Channel Panel Meeting.
Channel Panel is a multi-agency panel that provides support to those who may be vulnerable to being drawn into extremism and terrorism and seeks to intervene early and divert people away from the risk that they face and provide support.
Channel works by partners collaboratively assessing the nature and the extent of the risk and where necessary, providing a support package tailored to the individual’s needs.