The Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 placed Prevent on a statutory footing and requires all specified authorities to have "due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism". Local Authorities and their partners therefore have a core role to play in countering terrorism at a local level and helping to safeguard individuals at risk of radicalisation. The 2018 Contest strategy confirms that the threat to the UK comes from Islamist terrorists while extreme right-wing terrorism is described as a growing threat.
Prevent awareness is a key strategic objective of the local contest delivery plan. Through the Safe Durham Partnership Silver Contest Group its plan has now been updated to incorporate activities across partners to ensure training is aligned to the Counter Terrorism Local Profile but also to ensure we understand strategic delivery.
The Channel Programme is a key part of the Prevent strategy. Section 36 of the Act requires local authorities and others to provide support for people who are vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism, before they commit an offence. This process, known as Channel, aims to provide support to individuals at an early stage and help protect them from radicalisation.
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.
The Prevent elearning package is hosted on the Durham Safeguarding Adults website, where you can also find instructions on how certificates are issued to recognise your training.
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.