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 county. The programme is managed by the council's Community Safety 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.

Leicestershire and Rutland'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

Concerned about a young person or adult?

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 or the Police who will assess the individual and provide them with appropriate support if they are at risk.

Please follow this link to refer via the Police:

If you have concerns about a young person please refer to:

If you have concerns about an adult please refer to:

If you have concerns, and it is found that radicalisation is a factor, an individual can be referred 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 county.

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.

Leicestershire'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, contact the Local Authority on the details provided above.

Concerns About Travel to Conflict Zones

Around 900 people of national security concern travelled to Syria in recent years. Of these, approximately 20% have been killed while overseas and around 40% have returned to the UK. Most of those who have returned are women and young children. Prevent can help support them and mitigate any risks.

Whilst the risk of travel to conflict zones has diminished but has now evolved to incorporate people who have returned from Syria/Iraq and those who were prevented from travel and may feel aggrieved.

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, please contact the Local Authority or Police 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.

Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland website

For advice and information within Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland you can access the website: Leicester PREVENT

British Values - Ofsted

Click on this link to access the Ofsted guide to teaching students about British Values.

The Department for Education has published a new policy paper outlining how it is tackling extremism through the education and children's services sectors. Work covered includes the Prevent duty, guidance for schools and childcare providers and inspections.

Source: Department for Education 01 September 2015

Virtual College Course Prevent training module

The Official Home Office e-learning on Prevent is available, as well as the Virtual College Course has a Prevent training module. Virtual College both toolkits created to complement the face to face WRAP training. The Virtual College Course Prevent module content is Home Office approved for use across multi-agency settings and has included it on their list of approved training in their catalogue.

Link to the Official Home Office E-Learning module:

Please feel free to take a look at their website for more information:

These e-learning approaches the topic very sensitively from a Safeguarding perspective and is very engaging. It's a really great way to ensure that all staff are trained quickly and effectively.