Channel is the safeguarding panel which supports Prevent
Led by the Local Authority, it is a programme which focuses on supporting people at an early stage who could be drawn into terrorism. It ensures people of any age, faith, ethnicity or background receive support before their vulnerabilities are exploited by those wanting them to embrace terrorism or any illegal extremist activity.
- Channel is a confidential and voluntary process that allows individuals to have the final say of accepting support or not.
- The type of support that is provided is decided upon by the individual referred and partners who will work with them. This ensures that any support that is provided is tailored to the person's needs.
- These support options are vast and include support with education, employment, housing, mental health and any other necessary challenges.
- Ideological support is also common, which may include discussion with credible ideological experts and faith leaders.
- Individuals who are referred to Prevent or receive support from Channel are not criminalised and will not receive a criminal record unless a criminal offence is committed.