The purpose of the PREVENT Strategy is to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting violent extremism in all its forms.
The strategy has three objectives, one of which is to prevent people from being drawn into extremism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support.
Following confirmation that a case is appropriate to continue through the Vulnerable To Radicalisation (VTR) process, the referral will proceed to a Channel Panel meeting which will include the involvement of a wider range of partners. The Channel Panel is multi-agency and provides support to those who may be vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism. Channel uses existing collaboration between partners to support individuals and protect them from being drawn into terrorism.
Norfolk has had a Channel Panel since 2007 and it has a strong and committed multi-agency membership. They work with children, young people and adults.
There is more detail in the quick guide (see the link below). There are also some additional links further down this page; all these are there to help you recognise possible signs of radicalisation, and know what to do next.
In November 2020, Counter Terrorism Policing launched a new safeguarding website www.actearly.uk aimed at family and friends to encourage them to share concerns that a friend or loved one might be vulnerable to radicalisation. Studies have shown that the public are unsure of signs to look out for and who to turn to with concerns. The Act Early website aims to help fill this void, and, in doing so, increase Prevent referrals from family and friends into the police by increasing awareness, trust and understanding of the police’s safeguarding role.
Since its launch the website has gone from strength to strength , with new sections added, associated social media assets produced, leaflets developed into additional languages and more recently a successful digital partnership with Netmums to reach parents and raise awareness of online radicalization and how to protect their children.
Continuing to raise awareness of the Act Early campaign, they have just launched two new films that bring to life the powerful words of Micheal and Mustafa already highlighted on the ‘real stories’ section on the Act Early website.
Mustafa was a follower of multiple radical clerics and Micheal lost his brother to an extremist group and wishes he could have spotted the signs earlier. The films take their words and turn them into powerful animations that encourage those with concerns about someone they know and care about to visit www.actearly.uk for advice and support.
A third film – tells the story of John who felt like an outsider and when a friend invited him to an extreme right wing event, he went along. His words tell the story of how he was drawn down a dangerous path.
The films are hosted on the real stories section of the act early website (there is a link below also).