Prevent in South Gloucestershire
Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism. Prevent is 1 of the 4 elements of CONTEST, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
Prevent is about identifying people who may be at risk of radicalisation, and supporting them to change direction in a way that will help them. Prevent covers all forms of terrorism and extremism and some aspects of non-violent extremism. It addresses dangerous extremism including both Islamist extremism and also far right extremism. While actions inspired by Islamic State are high profile nationally and internationally the white supremacist ideology of extreme right wing groups has also provided both the inspiration and justification for people who have committed terrorist acts.
The Prevent strategy has three main objectives:
Ideology to respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and of those extremist views conducive to it.
Individuals to prevent vulnerable people from being drawn into terrorism by developing and expanding programmes to identify who they are, and then to provide them with community-based support.
Institutions to work within the wide range of sectors and institutions where the ideology, the ideologues and vulnerable people come together, and where there are either risks of radicalisation or opportunities to prevent it – or both. That means education, health, faith, charities, prisons and probation, and the internet.
Prevent uses a range of measures to challenge extremism this includes supporting people who are at risk of being drawn into terrorist or extremist activity through the Channel process.
What is Channel?
Channel is an early intervention multi-agency process designed to safeguard vulnerable people from being drawn into violent extremist or terrorist behaviour. Channel works in a similar way to existing safeguarding partnerships aimed at protecting vulnerable people.
Within South Gloucestershire the Channel panel which is a multi-agency group chaired by the council working with individuals of any age who are at risk of being exploited by extremists or terrorist ideologues. The process is shaped around the circumstances of each person and can provide support for any form of radicalisation or personal vulnerabilities. The support that is offered is tailored for each case, and could consist, among other methods, of any of the following:
- help with family problems
- mental health support
- religious support.
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