Prevent Strategy



The Prevent strategy seeks to support people who are vulnerable to radicalisation. Re-launched in July 2011, the new strategy is about providing early intervention and support, not criminalising. It is a shift away from general cohesion/integration works, and the introduction of an ‘all-risks’ approach. The core element of this new strategy is for local risks to be identified, assessed, and a proportionate response and support provided through Channel.

The strategy is aimed at 3 main objectives which are:

  • Ideology: respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it;
  • Individuals: prevent people from being drawn into terrorism/radicalisation and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support;
  • Institutions: work with a wide range of sectors (in particular education, faith, health, the internet and criminal justice) where there are risks of radicalisation which we need to address.

Channel provides a mechanism for assessing and supporting individuals who may be targeted by violent extremists or drawn in to violent extremism. Channel is modelled on other successful multi-agency risk management processes.

Channel uses existing collaboration between local authorities, the police, statutory partners (such as the education sector, social services, children’s and youth services and offender management services) and the local community to:

  • identify individuals at risk of being drawn in to violent extremism
  • assess the nature and extent of that risk
  • develop the most appropriate support for the individuals concerned.

What is Channel Referring Mechanism?

You can refer all individuals that you feel are vulnerable to radicalisation. A referral can be made by an individual or an organisation, provided the referring mechanism is followed. You can contact Channel directly through to make your referral.

 Who do I contact when I am suspicious?

Trust your instincts, all information is important. If you wish to report suspicious activities contact Kent Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.