Newcastle is a safe, diverse and largely tolerant city, but we cannot be complacent. Prevent is here to safeguard people and communities from the threat of radicalisation and extremism. Prevent is one of four elements of CONTEST, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy. Prevent’s Channel Panel programme provides practical help to stop people being drawn into extremism. It supports people to move away from those who would promote extremism, whatever its form. Every panel is different, reflecting that everyone’s risks are different. In Newcastle, we use the same indicators of vulnerability, regardless of how a person is potentially being radicalised. If you think someone would benefit from the Channel Programme, you can make a confidential Prevent referral. Click here if you have a concern about an adult and here if you are concerned about a young person. The following animation explains what happens if you make a referral
The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 contains a duty on what are called ‘specified authorities’ to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. In March 2015, Parliament approved guidance, issued under section 29 of the Act, on how specified authorities should comply with their Prevent duty. Documentation was revised in July 2015.