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Preventing violent extremism and terrorism

Find out what we do to prevent extremism and terrorism and what to do if you are concerned about someone

Extremist or terrorist behaviour can be displayed by anyone who feels, or perceives, a very strong sense of injustice to any form of belief or ideology.

Ideological causes vary. They range from animal or environmental rights to political and religious extremism.

Not everyone who has extreme views will commit acts of violence or terrorism or belong to a terrorist group. There are circumstances though where threats are posed both online and in public spaces.

  • Extremism – The vocal or active opposition to our fundamental values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and the mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths or beliefs.
  • Terrorism - An act or threat of violence designed to influence the government or intimidate the public. Its purpose is to advance a political, religious or ideological cause.
  • Radicalisation – The process of an individual legitimising support for, or use of, terrorist violence. The aim is to reach a specific political or ideological purpose.

Under the Prevent Duty, we have a role to play in:

  • raising awareness of Prevent
  • helping to identify individuals who may be at risk of supporting terrorism
  • helping to safeguard those who may find themselves in that situation.


Channel is part of the duty which local authorities have responsibility for. 

Channel is a multi-agency approach. The aim is to identify individuals who are at risk of getting drawn into extremism or terrorism. We can then provide support. We want to do this before any criminal act takes place.  

How Channel works

Local Authorities, police and statutory partners work together to:

  • Identify individuals at risk of being drawn into extremism or terrorism.
  • Assess the nature and extent of that risk.
  • Develop individual, tailored support plans.
  • Offer support. Those offered support will need to give their consent. We will ask for consent from parents/carers when someone is under 18.
  • Check for safeguarding concerns not relating to extremism or terrorism. We will then make sure the individual can access appropriate support.

Support by the Channel process will not result in a person having a criminal record.


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