Channel is a multi-agency safeguarding programme run in every local authority in England and Wales. It works to support vulnerable people from being drawn into extremism and provides a range of support such as mentoring, counselling and assistance with education, employment and training. Channel focuses on early intervention to protect vulnerable people from being radicalised.
The Channel panel
The role of the Channel panel is to develop an appropriate support package to safeguard those at risk of being drawn into extremism based on an assessment of their vulnerability.
The Kirklees Channel panel is chaired by Carol Gilchrist, Head of Safe and Cohesive Communities and meetings are held on a monthly basis.
The panel is made up of a number of professionals with safeguarding experience from a variety of organisations and services including children and adults safeguarding, education, health, and West Yorkshire Police.
Who can be referred
Channel may be appropriate for anyone who is vulnerable to radicalisation or being drawn into any form of extremism. Channel aims to safeguard children and adults of any faith, ethnicity or background before their vulnerabilities are exploited by those that would want to cause them or others harm.
If the Channel panel assesses that someone is vulnerable to radicalisation and / or extremism they will put in place a package of support tailored to address the individual's specific needs. The types of support could include:
- Mentoring support – work with a suitable adult as a role model or to provide personal guidance;
- Life skills – work on life skills or social skills generally, such as dealing with peer pressure;
- Anger management session – formal or informal work dealing with anger;
- Cognitive/behavioural contact – cognitive behavioural therapies and general work on attitudes and behaviours;
- Constructive pursuits – supervised or managed constructive leisure activities;
- Education skills contact – activities focused on education or training;
- Careers contact – activities focused on employment;
- Family support – activities aimed at supporting family and personal relationships, including formal parenting programmes;
- Health awareness – work aimed at assessing or addressing any physical or mental health issues;
- Housing support – activities addressing living arrangements, accommodation provision or neighbourhood; and
- Drugs and alcohol awareness – substance misuse interventions.
Participation in Channel is voluntary and requires consent to be given by the individual (or their parent or guardian in the case of anyone under 18) in advance of support measures being put in place.
Make a Channel referral
Referrals made to Channel should contain concerns based on a person's vulnerability to radicalisation and should not be because of the person's faith or ethnic origin
Ideally, the person considering making the referral will be the designated safeguarding officer for their organisation and have a good understanding of Safeguarding and Prevent. They should have attended the Home Office approved Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP) and completed the free e-learning Channel general awareness e-learning. See Prevent and Channel training for details.
Prevent Referral Guidance for Partners for assistance when making a referral.Download referral form
After you've completed the form
If you are a school, completed referral forms should be sent using Anycomms to PreventReferral.
Other organisations should send referrals to Email Prevent@Kirklees.gcsx.gov.uk