The purpose of Prevent is to safeguard and support vulnerable people to stop them from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. In 2018, as part of the updated CONTEST Strategy Prevent work also extends to supporting the rehabilitation and disengagement of those already involved in terrorism.

Prevent works in a similar way to programmes designed to safeguard people from gangs, drug abuse, and physical and sexual abuse. Success means an enhanced response to tackle the causes of radicalisation, in communities and online; continued effective support to those who are vulnerable to radicalisation; and disengagement from terrorist activities by those already engaged in or supporters of terrorism.

Prevent has the following objectives:

  • Tackle the causes of radicalisation and respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism
  • Safeguard and support those most at risk of radicalisation through early intervention, identifying them and offering support
  • Enable those who have already engaged in terrorism to disengage and rehabilitate
Prevent duty

Section 26 of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 placed a statutory duty on specified authorities to have due regards to the need to Prevent People from being drawn into terrorism.

Specified authorities outlined within this duty include Local Authorities, Police, Schools, Further and Higher Education, Health, Prisons and Probation.

The Prevent duty was introduced on 1 July 2015 to ensure that authorities have a consistent approach to the delivery of Prevent across the UK and to enhance efforts to prevent terrorism by responding to the ideological challenge of terrorism and to dissuade people from travelling to Syria and Iraq.

Kirklees Prevent

The Kirklees Prevent Strategy contributes towards the delivery of the “Protecting people from serious harm” theme within the Kirklees Community Safety Partnership Plan and in common with other areas (such as human trafficking and child sexual exploitation) within this theme, recognises that there is no single factor to radicalisation and that vulnerabilities in individuals such as age, deprivation, low self-esteem, frustration and anger, along with a lack of protective factors (employment, education, family and social networks) can make an individual vulnerable to radicalisation.

The foundation of our work in Kirklees is to safeguard vulnerable people from harm by engaging with communities, civil society groups, education providers and statutory partners. Prevent works best when delivered in partnership with communities as cohesive and empowered communities are better equipped to reject extremist ideologies.

Channel and referrals

Channel is a multi-agency approach to safeguarding, supporting and protecting children, young people and vulnerable adults at risk of radicalisation, extremism or terrorist related activity. The aim of Kirklees Channel Panel is to:

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

See Making a Channel referral for more information about the Channel process and the support plans we can put in place.

Prevent and Channel training

We offer training to organisations, community groups, education establishments and front line staff who engage with children, young people and individuals or groups who may be susceptible to being radicalised or drawn into extremist narratives.

See our prevent training

Prevent projects and resources

The Prevent Hub can help communities and schools to develop and deliver a project, resource or tool to raise awareness of the dangers of extremism and radicalisation

A project can range from one off sessions to weekly sessions that are embedded within the community or within a school curriculum. Not all resources and learning specifically refer to radicalisation, extremism or terrorism but cover learning outcomes to build resilience to radicalisation and other forms of harm by focusing on:

  • Beliefs and values
  • Identify
  • Developing empathy
  • Risk identification and management
  • The development of critical thinking skills
  • Understanding influence, persuasion and manipulation
  • Assessing and evaluating fact from fiction

See our Prevent projects and resources

Channel and raising concerns

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