Prevent is part of the Government’s Counter Terrorism Strategy known as CONTEST.
The aim of CONTEST is to reduce the risk to the UK and its interests overseas from terrorism, so that people can go about their lives freely and with confidence. This strategy covers all forms of terrorism.
The CONTEST strategy is based on four key elements:
The Prevent Strategy aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism, and has three key objectives to:
The Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a duty on local government, criminal justice, education, child care, health and social care and the police to all to have 'due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism'. Under the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015, all of the listed agencies – including local authorities and the police – need to have an understanding and awareness of what Prevent is, how to recognise signs of radicalisation, how to report and what will happen to the individual concerned.
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If you have a concern about an individual, where you have noticed that changes in behaviour, emotions, ideologies or beliefs have developed into more extreme views, please report it. We ask you to recognise and consider where an individual could be at risk or vulnerable to radicalisation. Check with that person about changes that you have noticed, ask them are they OK and if you still have concerns, report it. If you have concerns don’t rely on other people to report it, you can either report it to the national confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline, or if you require further clarification please then contact your local authority lead.
National Anti-Terrorist Hotline: 0800-789-321
Steven Hume, Prevent Lead for Stockton Borough Council: 01642 527610
After a referral has been made, a multi-agency meeting is held to discuss the concerns and the current situation that individual is facing. This meeting is known as a Channel Panel and is a process for safeguarding individuals by assessing their vulnerability to being drawn into terrorism.
The Channel process is about looking at early interventions to protect and divert people away from the risk they may face of being drawn into any terrorist-related activity. The assessment stage would look to identify how engaged the person is within terrorist activity and what their intentions may be.
This process would consider what vulnerabilities they may have been exposed to and how they are being exploited and drawn into radicalisation. It is an overt process with active involvement from the individual and their families, where support packages are developed to help the identified individuals. The group may look to a bespoke specialist or mentor that could be introduced to the individual to provide them with a better understanding and awareness of a particular viewpoint.
Alternatively, please call the Police Prevent Team on 01642 302028 or 01642 301332.
Threat levels are designed to give a broad indication of the likelihood of a terrorist attack. The national definitions for each threat level are detailed below. The current UK threat level for international terrorism is: SEVERE. This means that a terrorist attack is highly likely. We have been at this threat level since 2012. It is not set at this level to panic anyone however, it does highlight to us how necessary it is for us to be aware of Prevent, and the need to support and safeguard vulnerable people within our community.