Eastern Region Prevent Page

What is Prevent?

Prevent is one of the four elements of CONTEST, the Government’s Counter Terrorism strategy which aims to stop people becoming terrorist or supporting terrorism.

The aim of the strategy is to reduce the risk to the UK and its interests overseas from terrorism, so that people can go about their lives freely and with confidence.

  • Prevent – to strengthen protection against a terrorist attack
  • Pursue – to stop terrorist attacks
  • Protect – to strengthen our protection against terrorist attacks
  • Prepare – when an attack occurs, to mitigate its impact.

How does Prevent work?

By engaging with the community, education, faith establishments, medical and mental health care, criminal justice, partner agencies and our colleagues in the police.

This enables us to identify those who are most vulnerable to radicalisation and intervene before they commit any offences.

PREVENT works in the non–criminal space. It is about supporting and protecting those people that might be vulnerable to radicalisation, ensuring that individuals are diverted away before any crime is committed.

PREVENT are currently working closely with partner agencies in WRAP training, following the creation of the Crime and Security Act 2015.

Who is vulnerable to radicalisation?

There is no profile for someone who could be drawn into terrorism

Factors associated with a person who becomes vulnerable to it include:

Signs Vulnerabilities

If you are concerned about someone then contact the Prevent team on prevent@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk or dial 101

Channel:

Channel works by partners jointly assessing the nature and the extent of the risk and where necessary, providing an appropriate support package tailored to the individual’s needs.

The three key stages of Channel are:

  • Identify individuals at risk of being drawn into terrorism;
  • Assess the nature and extent of that risk; and
  • Develop the most appropriate support plan for the individuals concerned.

Assessing the nature and extent of the risk:

Where necessary, referring cases to a multi–agency panel for development of the most appropriate support package to divert and support the individual at risk.

How do you identify those at risk?

Referrals come from those who have concerns about individuals who may be vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism.

Who makes the referrals?

Referrals can come from a wide range of individuals and partners and could include youth offending teams, social services, health, police, education and local communities.

Who sits on the multi–agency panel?

The panel is designed to work in the same way as other multi agency structures that are used to safeguard individuals at risk – from drugs, knife and gun crime, gangs etc. The panel is chaired by the local authority and consists of statutory partners and the Channel coordinator.

What kind of support is provided through the channel?

Examples of support provided could include mentoring, diversionary activities such as sport, signposting to mainstream services such as education, employment or housing. Support is always tailored to specific needs of the individual following assessment by the multi–agency panel.

What should I do if I am concerned that someone is becoming radicalised?

If you’re concerned about someone in your community please contact your local police force by dialling 101 and ask for the PREVENT team, or if you require urgent police assistance dial 999.

What can I do?

What happens if you call the Anti–Terrorist Hotline?

The 0800 789 321 number is available 24/7 for members of the public to report suspicious activity (remember always call 999 for emergencies).

Calls are answered by specially trained counter terrorism officers and staff who will carry out some initial enquiries. They are then able to pass the details on to local counter terrorism officers for further investigation where appropriate.

The service is confidential and we would encourage people to trust their instincts and call us if they have concerns. Do not worry you will be wasting our time. We would rather you call than risk missing some important piece of information.

What can I do if I come across an extremist website?

Look here for information about extremist websites and how to report them.

www.gov.uk/report–extremism

www.getsafeonline.org

What should I do if I am concerned that someone is becoming radicalised?

If you’re concerned about someone in your community please contact your local police force by dialling 101 and ask for the PREVENT team, or if you require urgent police assistance dial 999.

www.ltai.info

What should I do if I think someone I know might be thinking about travelling to Syria?

If you are concerned about someone travelling to, or returning from Syria or another conflict zone then to access the relevant support and advice contact your local police on 101 and ask for your PREVENT team.

http://www.preventtragedies.co.uk

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