Haringey Prevent

What is Prevent and how to get help

Prevent is a statutory duty for specified agencies, including the council, NHS Trusts, schools and the police. It's aim is to combat extremism and create a safe and secure borough.

The programme is managed by our Environment and Neighbourhoods Team and has been developed in response to the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act (2015), and the government's Prevent Strategy.

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.

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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 us so we can 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 MASH and Prevent Team
  • If you are concerned about an adult: make a referral to the Prevent Coordinator
  • An assessment will be carried out, if there are sufficient concerns then the individual will be referred to a multi-agency Channel panel.

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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. 

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 are concerned that a family member, someone you are working with, or someone you know is at risk of getting involved in extremism, please contact us.

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Further information

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:

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Page last updated:

June 30, 2023