What is Channel?

It is possible to intervene during the radicalisation process and stop someone becoming drawn towards terrorism or supporting violent extremist activity. This is achieved by Prevent using the Channel Process.


Channel is a process developed to support people at risk of being drawn towards terrorism or violent extremism. A multiagency panel, chaired by the local authority, is convened and partners work collaboratively to establish a bespoke support package for vulnerable individuals. Channel partners include local authority, healthcare providers, probation, housing, police and can extend to members of the community, if considered appropriate.

A range of support options are available and can include (but are not limited to) mentoring, welfare support and access to key social care services.

Safeguarding is the primary purpose of the Prevent strategy and it can be used to support the people in your community. You may have concerns that an individual is susceptible to radicalisation or recruitment by terrorists or violent extremists.The earlier the referral is made, the earlier Channel intervention can take place and therefore the more likely it is to be effective.

We all have a role to play in Prevent within our organisations and communities by helping people understand what the strategy aims to achieve.

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