The Home Office states that the UK continues to face a threat from terrorism. One security concern is the potential for British citizens and residents to become radicalised and commit acts of terrorism in the UK and overseas.
Hackney's Prevent programme is a borough-wide initiative which aims to support and divert vulnerable people away from the radicalisation process. It also aims to deter extremist groups from operating in the borough.
We work closely with key agencies and communities to provide interventions and safeguard vulnerable people who are at risk of radicalisation.
The programme is our response to the government's national counter-terrorism strategy and aims to stop people being drawn into or supporting terrorism. The strategy focuses on three key areas which are:
- respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat from those who promote it
- prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support
- work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to address
The delivery of Prevent sits within the Council's statutory responsibility under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 for Local Authorities to do all it reasonably can to prevent crime and disorder in its area.
Who is vulnerable?
Understanding vulnerability in the context of Prevent could be a result of a person's personal circumstances, experiences or state of mind which may make them more susceptible to terrorist causes.
Terrorists and extremists will try and recruit vulnerable people in person or through the internet and social media. They will attempt to infiltrate vulnerable institutions to reach out to vulnerable people.
Who is responsible for pursuing terrorists?
There are other elements within the governments counter terrorism strategy which focus on pursuing and disrupting terrorists. This is not the role of Prevent which operates in what is called the pre-criminal space.
What support is available for those at risk of becoming involved in terrorism?
We work closely with local police and statutory services to deliver a multi-agency initiative known as Channel. The aim is to support vulnerable individuals at risk of radicalisation and offer guidance and advice to key agencies. Early identification is vital to safeguard the vulnerable individual and prevent them from committing potential criminal acts.
Individuals referred to Channel will have a needs assessment and if suitable for Channel based intervention they will be invited to participate in the intervention, this process is voluntary. The intervention is tailored to meet individual needs and will include a range of activities such as mentoring, leadership skills and other practical assistance.
Make a referral to Channel
If you are concerned that some you know or are working with is at risk of becoming involved in terrorism you can make a referral to Channel.
The Home Office has produced further guidance on this:
Resources and further information
- Home Office Prevent strategy
- Home Office UK threat level
- Police anti-terrorist hotline
- Foreign travel advice - Syria
Channel e-learning module
The Channel e-learning module includes information on how Channel links to the government's counter-terrorism strategy (CONTEST) through the Prevent strategy. It also provides guidance on how to identify people who may be vulnerable to radicalisation and how to refer them into the Channel programme.
There are case studies to help users understand the process of identifying and referring vulnerable individuals, in addition to providing them with support, and is a good way of providing staff with a fundamental understanding of Channel.
Users who successfully complete the eLearning, which takes around 25 minutes, can print off a certificate.
Key government documents
- Proscribed groups
- Prevent duty guidance for higher education
- Government policy paper 2010-15: counter-terrorism