This is a national priority that the local authority and police must lead on with partners from other organisations. Although the threat of any extremist attack in County Durham is not as significant as in some areas of the country, attacks have taken place in similar areas and therefore all partners need to remain alert.
Why this is priority objective?
CONTEST, the UK's Counter Terrorism strategy, aims to reduce the risk to the United Kingdom and its interests overseas from terrorism, so that people can go about their lives freely and with confidence.
There is a clear structure in place that supports the delivery of the CONTEST Strategy which provides oversight of a multi-agency agenda and performance. Gold (Chief Executive), Silver (Strategic Delivery) and Bronze (Operational) multi-agency groups are in place and are represented by all key sectors that understand the risk of radicalisation and their obligation to ensure terrorist ideologies, and those that promote them, do not go uncontested. It will be important to maintain such a response in order to align with all elements of the national CONTEST strategy.
Our long term priorities are to:
- Implement the 'CONTEST' (national strategy)
- Challenge extremism and intolerance
PREVENT elearning course
Within County Durham, the Safe Durham Partnership prioritises work to prevent people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. PREVENT is the Government's strategy to help local areas to understand the threat of terrorism.
The Safe Durham Partnership has developed a 30 minute elearning course which provides information about the process of radicalisation, how someone might be vulnerable to radicalisation and how staff might discuss or report any concerns.
PREVENT has a strong link to safeguarding because vulnerable adults and children can be susceptible to radicalisation and recruitment into terrorist organisations.
County Durham Channel Guidance
Channel is a multi-agency approach, led by local authorities and the police. It provides support to individuals identified as being at risk of being drawn into terrorist related activity. Channel seeks to:
- Safeguard individuals who might be vulnerable to being radicalised, so that they are not at risk of being drawn into terrorist related activity
- Ensure that individuals and communities have the ability to resist all forms of terrorism and violent extremist activity likely to lead to terrorism
The Safe Durham Partnership has produced the Channel Guidance below to enable partners ensure that children, young people and adults are protected from the harm of being drawn into terrorism.
What should I do if I have a concern?
If you have a concern that a child, young person or adult may be vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism or extremism you can refer them for support and intervention with the Durham Constabulary Prevent Team. Call 101.