What is Prevent and How to Get Help
What is the Prevent Duty
Prevent is a statutory duty for specified agencies, including the council, NHS Trusts, schools and the police; it is aimed at combating extremism and creating a safe and secure borough. The programme is managed by the council's Commissioning Team and has been developed in response to the Counter Terrorism and Security Act (2015), and the Government's Prevent Strategy - a national counter extremism programme aimed at stopping people from becoming violent extremists or supporting extremism, both violent and non-violent.
Haringey Prevent Priorities Are:
- Ensuring that people who are at risk of becoming involved in supporting extremism are identified early and offered help and guidance
- Training and supporting staff in key services so that they can recognise when someone may be at risk and can respond appropriately
- Raising community awareness of Prevent issues and increasing confidence in the local approach
- Providing advice and support around travel to conflict zones
- Applying the Prevent strategy equally to all forms of extremism
Haringey’s Prevent Strategy is aimed at preventing violent and non-violent extremism, but is also very much about protecting our communities and supporting vulnerable people who may be targeted by extremists trying to recruit or radicalise them. There is no single profile of a person who may be vulnerable to grooming by extremists, and the Prevent programme relies on community support and information to identify and safeguard people.
Advice and Support
If you have concerns about an individual:
If you are concerned that someone you know, or have come across, is at risk of being exploited for extremist purposes, you should inform the Local Authority who will assess the individual and provide them with appropriate support if they are at risk.
- If you are concerned about a child, young person, or a family: make a referral to the SPA (Single Point of Access) Team, they will assess their needs in terms of safeguarding and liaise with the Prevent Coordinator regarding any extremism related concerns. Details below:
- 020 8489 4470 during office hours, or 020 8489 0000 out of hours (including weekends). If appropriate, you can Download the MASH referral form (Word, 54KB)
- If you are concerned about an adult: make a referral to the Prevent Coordinator, who will assess their needs in terms of any extremism related concerns and liaise with relevant services, such as adult social care regarding any safeguarding issues. Details below:
- 020 8489 3884 or 020 8489 1280 (office hours only). Email: email@example.com
If you have concerns, and it is found that radicalisation is a factor, an individual can be referred (via the SPA team or the Prevent Coordinator, as outlined above) to the Channel Panel, a multi-agency partnership which arranges support for people at risk of radicalisation.
What is Channel?
Channel is a national programme lead by local authorities which offers help and guidance to people who may be at risk of becoming involved in extremism.
Extremist organisations sometimes try to recruit people who are susceptible or vulnerable, in person or through the Internet. If the early signs are spotted and acted upon, it safeguards the person concerned and helps protect all of us who live and work in the borough.
Like child protection, Channel is a multi-agency safeguarding programme run in every Local Authority in England and Wales. It works to support vulnerable people from being drawn into extremism and provides a range of support such as mentoring, counselling, assistance with employment etc. Channel is about early intervention to protect vulnerable people from being drawn into committing extremist-related activity and addresses all types of extremism.
Participation in Channel is voluntary. It is up to an individual, or their parents for children aged 17 and under, to decide whether to take up the support it offers. Channel does not lead to a criminal record.
Haringey’s Channel Panel meetings are held on a monthly basis. If you have any concerns about someone and would like more advice please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are concerned that a family member, someone you are working with, or someone you know is at risk of getting involved in extremism, contact us (details provided above).
Concerns About Travel to Conflict Zones
Unfortunately, a significant number of people have recently taken the decision to travel to conflict zones. People may want to travel for various reasons, for example, to help with humanitarian support, to trace family members, or to fight for a particular cause.
Whatever a person's motivation for travel may be, conflict zones by their nature are volatile and dangerous. Individuals choosing to travel to conflict zones such as Syria may face prosecution on their return.
If you have concerns about an individual/s or families planning to travel to a conflict zone, please contact the SPA team/Prevent Coordinator as outlined above.
If you are concerned that an individual/s or families are in the process of leaving, please call 999 so that swift action can be taken to prevent this.
Please see the attached booklet of information and advice from the Association of Chief Police Officers (now National Police Chief’s Council - NPCC) in relation to travel to Syria:
If you would like more information on people travelling to Syria and the risks involved, please visit the following websites:
For more information on the national Prevent programme, visit the Home Office Prevent website (external link).
The programme includes help and guidance to local people who may be at risk of becoming involved in terrorism.
Further information is available from the following links:
- Haringey Community Safety strategy (PDF, 3MB)
- Met Police - Haringey (external link)
- UK threat level website (external link)