PREVENT: anti-terrorism and anti-radicalisation of vulnerable people

If you encounter terrorist information, pictures or videos on the internet you can report these directly to the Home Office by clicking here...

Examples of illegal terrorist or extremist content include:

  • Speeches or essays calling for racial or religious violence
  • Videos of violence with messages of ‘glorification’ or praise for terrorists
  • Postings inciting people to commit acts of terrorism or violent extremism
  • Messages intended to stir up hatred against any religious or ethnic group
  • Bomb-making instructions

Specialist officers will assess the information, and where appropriate investigate the website or work with partners to remove it.

What is PREVENT?

The PREVENT strategy, published by the Government in 2011, is part of its overall counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST. The aim of the PREVENT strategy is to reduce the threat to the UK from terrorism by stopping people becoming terrorists, supporting or being drawn into terrorism and extremism.

The most serious threat we face in the UK is from international terrorism groups linked to or influenced by Al-Qaeda (AQ) and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL); who wrongly use religion to justify their actions. However, terrorism can be motivated by a range of ideologies or other factors, including religion, politics and race.  In the UK extreme right wing groups and single issue groups such as animal rights campaigners can pose a significant threat.

For more information see the Definitions of the terms used in PREVENT.

What does this mean for the NHS and me?

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults is everyone’s responsibility. There are well-established statutory duties within Section 11 of the Children Act 2004 for organisations and individuals to ensure their functions (including any that are contracted out) to have regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Preventing someone from being radicalised in to becoming a terrorist, or from supporting terrorism, is no different from safeguarding vulnerable individuals from other forms of harm or exploitation.

Prevent does not require staff to do anything outside of what is required during the course of their usual duties. If concerns come to light that a vulnerable individual is being exploited in this way, those concerns need to be acted on appropriately.

How can Prevent help?

By identifying people who at risk of becoming terrorists, supporting or being drawn into terrorist or/and extremist behaviour vulnerable adults and children can be supported by the Channel programme. The programme uses a multi-agency approach to protect vulnerable people by:

  •  identifying individuals at risk;
  • assessing the nature and extent of that risk; and
  • developing the most appropriate support plan for the individuals concerned

You can make a referral to the Channel team using existing safeguarding agencies. To refer a case to the Channel Panel you should complete the Trafford PREVENT referral form (children) or for adults, contact Adult Social Care. A 7 minute briefing has been prepared for dissemination amongst the partnership.Referrals will be forwarded to the Channel Team for triage. If referrals meet the Channel threshold shared with Trafford Council‘s Channel Lead / Panel for further multi-agency information gathering.

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What do I do if I think someone is being or becoming radicalised?

Never hesitate to ask for advice

If your concerns lead you to believe people may be in in imminent danger, dial 999.

If you hold concerns that a patient, service user or member of the NHS is at risk of being drawn into terrorism please discuss your concerns with your line manager or a member of the safeguarding team, who will liasie with the Trafford PREVENT Lead to determine how best to take your concerns forward.

Online Training

Click here to view the Prevent Training ELearning Channel. 

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