Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism. Prevent is part of the Government's counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism and violent extremism.

The aim of the programme is to help to identify those at risk of being drawn into terrorism, and ensure frontline staff are trained to recognise vulnerable individuals and are aware of programmes to support them.


Channel is a programme which focuses on providing support at an early stage to people identified as being vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism. Vulnerable individuals are referred to a multi-agency panel which develops an appropriate support plan for them. Partners that sit on this panel include the local authority, the police, mental health services and other professionals who may be able to help such as housing services.

Channel is about ensuring that vulnerable children and adults of any faith, ethnicity or background receive support before their vulnerabilities are exploited by those who might want them to embrace terrorism.

Channel support will vary depending on the need of the individual, their vulnerability, the level of risk and local resources. Support could be around life skills, careers or education, health awareness, housing support and ideological mentoring. This is all with the aim of providing vulnerable individuals with the skills they need to protect themselves from supporting terrorism or being drawn into terrorist-related activity.

How to refer

Members of the general public can report any concerns they have about someone that is at risk of being drawn into terrorism or violent extremism at
Professionals are encouraged to go via the appropriate safeguarding routes in their organisation - or to contact for information on how to make a referral

Report terrorist activity

How to raise concerns about someone being vulnerable to extremism or involved in terrorism.

If you are concerned that someone you know or are working with is vulnerable to extremist ideologies, being exploited or at risk of becoming involved in the support of terrorism:

  • Make a referral to Children's or Adults safeguarding services at Kingston Council, or speak to a trusted professional, such as a teacher, social worker, local police officer, or GP
  • Contact the anti-terrorism hotline on 0800 789 321 to report any concerns. The hotline is staffed 24/7. Even if you are not sure of what is happening, you can tell your concerns to the specially trained officers who can look into it
  • Call 999 if you suspect immediate danger
  • Call 101 to speak to your local police in a non-emergency
  • Report possible terrorism activity to the Police by using an online form
  • Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, if you want to give information anonymously

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