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 liaise with the appropriate safeguarding lead in their organisation and contact  for information on how to make a referral.

If there are other safeguarding concerns you can find more information on the links below, including how to make a referral:

Report online material promoting terrorism or extremism

Report illegal or harmful information, pictures or videos you’ve found on the internet.

You can report things like:

  • articles, images, speeches or videos that promote terrorism or encourage violence
  • websites made by terrorist or extremist organisations
  • videos of terrorist attacks.

You can find more information on GOV.UK

How to report possible terrorist activity

If you’ve seen or heard something that could suggest a terrorist threat to the UK, even if it seems minor or not worth mentioning, trust your instincts and ACT (Action Counters Terrorism) by reporting it. Any piece of information could be important, it's better to be safe and report. Your information could save a life. You can find out about all the different ways you can report possible terrorist activity, as well as answers to the most commonly asked questions.

You can also contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, if you want to give information anonymously or report online.

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