PREVENT is one part of the Government’s strategy for countering terrorism and violent extremism in the UK.


The greatest terrorist threat the UK faces remains from ISIL (also known as Daesh) and Al Qaeda inspired groups or individuals. However, there are also risks from the Extreme Right Wing, Extreme Left wing, Northern Ireland related terrorism and other single causes.

The PREVENT strategy has three objectives;

  • Ideology – Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote and support it.
  • Institutions – Increase the resilience of institutions to resist terrorists and extremists. Priority areas include education, health, criminal justice system, faith institutions, internet, charitable sector, youth justice system.
  • Individuals – Stop people from being drawn into terrorism and protect those vulnerable individuals who are at risk of radicalisation, ensuring they are given appropriate advice and support.

Channel is a key element of the PREVENT strategy. It is a multi-agency approach to identifying and supporting those individuals who are vulnerable and at risk from radicalisation.

Channel is about safeguarding individuals from being drawn into committing terrorist related activity. It is about early intervention to protect and divert people away from the risk they face before illegality occurs.

Channel uses existing collaboration between local authorities, the police, statutory partners and the local community to:

•  Identify individuals at risk of being drawn into terrorism;
•  Assess the nature and extent of that risk; and
•  Develop the most appropriate support plan for the individual concerned.

How to report your concerns

Anyone can report or refer an individual who they feel is vulnerable to radicalisation. The information will be dealt with in confidence and in line with current legislation. The emphasis is on safeguarding individuals and protecting the public.

You can refer an individual to the Channel process or report PREVENT related information to the Force PREVENT team - 0191 375 2234

For all suspicious behaviour which requires an immediate response contact Durham Constabulary on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

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