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What is Channel and how does it work?

Channel works by partners jointly assessing the nature and the extent of the
risk of individuals being drawn in to terrorism. Where necessary Channel provides appropriate support packages that meets the needs of the individual.

The three key stages of Channel are:

  • Identify individuals at risk of being drawn into terrorism;
  • Assess the nature and extent of that risk; and
  • Develop the most appropriate support plan for the individuals concerned.

Assessing the nature and extent of the risk

Where necessary, cases are sent to a multi-agency panel so the correct support packages can be developed to help divert and support the individual at risk.

How do you identify those at risk?

Referrals come from those who have concerns about individuals who may be vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism.

Who makes the referrals?

Referrals can come from a wide range of individuals and partners and could include youth offending teams, social services, health, police, education and local communities.

Who sits on the multi-agency panel?

The panel is designed to work in the same way as other multi-agency structures that are used to safeguard individuals at risk – from drugs, knife and gun crime, gangs etc. The panel is chaired by the local authority and consists of statutory partners and the Channel coordinator.

What kind of support is provided through the channel?

Examples of support provided could include:

  • Mentoring
  • Diversionary activities such as sport
  • Signposting to mainstream services such as education
  • Employment
  • Housing

Support is always tailored to specific needs of the individual following assessment by the multi-agency panel.

What should I do if I am concerned that someone is becoming radicalised?

If you’re concerned about someone in your community please contact your local police force by dialling 101 and ask for the PREVENT team, or if you require urgent police assistance dial 999.

Visit Lets Talk about It for more information.

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