Report radicalisation or extremism (Prevent)

The aim of the Prevent Strategy is to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. Prevent tackles all forms of extremism – including both Islamist extremism and far right threats.

Prevent has 3 key objectives:

  • respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism
  • support vulnerable people and prevent people from being drawn into terrorism
  • work with key sectors and institutions to address the risks of radicalisation.

We all have a role in protecting vulnerable children, young people and adults from being drawn into terrorism, keeping Kent, Medway and the people here safe.

Extremism and radicalisation in our community are very real threats, and being aware is the first step. You can help to reduce the threat from terrorism, radicalisation and extremism.

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Ways to report a concern or make a referral

Terrorist attacks can sadly lead to spikes in hate crime against certain groups, with many people feeling vulnerable. Hate crime is not tolerated, is taken extremely seriously, and should always be reported.

How we are working to prevent terrorism and extremism

We work with individuals and communities by using voluntary early intervention to encourage them to challenge extremist and terrorist ideology and behaviour. This can involve:

  • support in schools, youth hubs, community groups
  • promoting positive values and community cohesion
  • protection from extremist dialogues
  • encouraging safe and open debate and critical thinking
  • encouraging reporting of concerns
  • engaging in positive activities
  • engaging in open and honest dialogue around Prevent.

Early intervention and support

Channel is a key element of the Prevent Strategy and provides early support for anyone who is vulnerable to being drawn into any form of terrorism or supporting terrorist organisations, regardless of age, faith, ethnicity, or background.

Channel uses a multi-agency approach to identify and provide support to individuals who are at risk of being drawn into terrorism, including people holding and expressing violent extremist views. The overall aim is early intervention and diverting people away from potential risk.

While it remains rare for children and young people to become involved in terrorist activity, young people from an early age can be exposed to terrorist and extremist influences or prejudiced views. As with other forms of safeguarding strategies, early intervention is always preferable.

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