What is Prevent?

Simply put, it is about preventing people and organisations from being involved in extremism or terrorism.

Prevent is one of four parts of the governments counter terrorism and domestic extremism strategy, known as CONTEST

Prevent is about identifying people who may be vulnerable to radicalisation or getting involved in extremism, and supporting them in any way that will help protect them from harm.

There are a very small number of people who support terrorist activity, or are ever likely to. The vast majority of people, in all communities, want to see it prevented. Most people want to play their part in helping to safeguard individuals and protect communities.

The Prevent strategy has three main objectives:

  1. Ideology - to respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism. that is to challenge and counter extremist and terrorist views.
  2. Individuals - to prevent vulnerable people from being drawn into terrorism by identifying who they are, and then to provide them with support, sometimes called interventions.
  3. Institutions to work within a wide range of sectors and institutions where people come together, where there may be either risks of radicalisation or opportunities to prevent it. That means places providing education, health and social care providers, prisons and the probation services. It also includes charities and faith organisations. It also means tackling the internet and other forms of social media

The Channel Programme

One of the main elements of our Prevent work is a programme called Channel, where organisations come together to provide support for people who are assessed as being vulnerable to supporting any form of extremism.

Channel has been operating successfully in Derby for around seven years, and covers all forms of extremism. If a person is identified as at risk of extremism, the support that is offered is tailored for each person, and could consist of any of the following alongside specialist support:

  • help with family or relationship problems
  • mental health support
  • mentoring
  • faith support.

People who are referred to Channel are not criminals. The aim is to provide early help and support to prevent a crime relating to extremism from being committed or an individual from being harmed.

If an individual is not involved in extremism they are not appropriate for Channel. There are other safeguarding processes to help them.

In Derby, the Channel panel is a multi-agency group, chaired by the Prevent lead in council. The panel would then offer any number of support options to safeguard the individual.

Contact details

Post address:
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street
Phone: 01332 643455
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street