Radicalisation & Extremism
Here are examples of indicators that may suggest vulnerability to violent extremism:
- Expressed opinions – such as support for violence and terrorism or the values of extremist organisations, airing of political or religious based grievances, unaccepting of other nationalities, religions or cultures.
- Material – possession of extremist literature; attempts to access extremist websites and associated password protected chat rooms; possession of material regarding weapons, explosives or military training
- Behaviour and behavioural changes – such as withdrawal from family and peers; hostility towards former associates and family; association with proscribed* organisations and those that hold extremist views (Under the Terrorism Act 2000 the Home Secretary has the power to proscribe – forbid by law – an organisation believed to be concerned in terrorism. Details of each organisation proscribed by the UK government can be viewed here)
- Personal history – Claims or evidence of involvement in organisations voicing violent extremist ideology and identifying with their cause.
Prevent is part of the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy CONTEST which aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. The Prevent strategy addresses all forms of terrorism and prioritises according to the threat posed to national security.
Responsible authorities are local authorities, schools, further and higher education, the health sector, prison, probation and the police. Further information can be found in the government guidance
The strategy has three main objectives:
Objective one: Ideology – respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism;
Objective two: Supporting vulnerable people – prevent people from being drawn into terrorism; and
Objective three: Work with key sectors and institutions – address risks.
For more information on how to help prevent terrorism and extremism, or report any concerns, visit the Safe in the City website
Making a referral to Channel Panel
Channel is a Multi-Agency Process, which 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.
The panel has a statutory basis: under the terms of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015, local authorities must:
- Ensure a multi-agency panel exists and chair the panel
- Use the panel to develop a support plan for accepted cases and signpost to other support where cases are not accepted
- Ensure consent is sought prior to support being provided
- Co-operate with other panel partners
Referrals to Channel are voluntary. If you think that someone may be vulnerable to radicalisation you can make a referral using this form
Any worker who believes a crime is being committed, or planned, or is aware of any terrorist activity, should contact Sussex Police Prevent team without delay on 101 ext. 550543 or email the police Prevent officer. Access Point.should also be contacted on 01273 295555
If you want advice from the Prevent team regarding concerns about an individual please email Channel.Prevent@brighton-hove.gcsx.gov.uk
Adults should be involved in discussion about any extremism concerns at the earliest point possible unless this would increase risk to a vulnerable person.