Prevent and schools - an overview

What is the Prevent Strategy?

Prevent is the Government’s strategy to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism, in all its forms. Prevent works at the pre-criminal stage by using early intervention to encourage individuals and communities to challenge extremist and terrorist ideology and behaviour.

Escalating concerns

If you believe that someone is vulnerable to being exploited or radicalised, please follow the established safeguarding procedures in your organisation to escalate concerns to the appropriate people who can refer concerns to Channel if appropriate. Alternatively, you can contact the Prevent team directly using the contact details in the right-hand sidebar. We are able to provide schools and colleges with advice and support; and if appropriate, we may consider a referral to Channel. (See below for details)

What is the Channel programme?

Channel is an early intervention multi-agency panel designed to safeguard vulnerable individuals from being drawn into extremist or terrorist behaviour. Channel works in a similar way to existing multi-agency partnerships for vulnerable individuals. It is a voluntary process allowing the individual to withdraw from the programme at any time.

For Channel referrals or for more information, please contact:

Hammersmith & Fulham Council and Kensington and Chelsea Council 
020 8753 5727

020 7641 6032

Frequently asked questions

Who is Channel aimed at?

Channel is for individuals of any age who are at risk of exploitation by extremist or terrorist ideologues. Early intervention can prevent individuals being drawn into terrorist-related activity in a similar way to criminal activity such as drugs, knife or gang crime. Involvement in the Channel programme is both voluntary and confidential. Individuals may opt-out of the intervention process should they wish to; and if they do receive one, this will not appear on their criminal records.

How does Channel work?

The Prevent Strategy and the Channel Programme flow chart

The Channel Panel is chaired by the local authority and works with multi-agency partners to collectively assess the risk to an individual and decide whether an intervention is necessary. If a Channel intervention is required, the Panel works with local partners to develop an appropriate individualised support package. Partnership involvement ensures that those at risk have access to a wide range of support. The support package is monitored closely and reviewed regularly by the Channel Panel.

View a flowchart outlining this process (gif)

Who can make a referral?

Anyone can make a referral. Referrals have come from a wide range of partners: social services, children and adult services, health, police, education and youth offending teams.

What happens with the referral?

Each referral is screened for suitability via a preliminary assessment undertaken by the Police Channel Coordinator and the local authority. If suitable, the case is discussed with all relevant partners to decide if an intervention is necessary.

Will the individual be informed about the Channel referral?

If an individual is deemed to require a Channel intervention, then they must be told prior to receiving an intervention. The process will be carefully managed with the referring agency.

Who sits on the Channel Panel?

The Channel Panel is chaired by the local authority and includes Police, statutory partners and non-statutory partners, where appropriate. Lead safeguarding professionals will be invited on a case by case basis.

Who delivers Channel?

Channel interventions are delivered through local partners and specialist agencies. Support could include mainstream health, education, employment or housing services through to specialist mentoring or faith guidance and wider diversionary activities such as sporting activities.

The information on this page is available here for you to download

The Prevent Strategy and Channel guidance (pdf)

Prevent and schools

An overview

The role of schools

Best practice

Resources and lesson plans

Staff training for schools

Guidance, key legislation, campaigns and links

Contact Prevent

A designated Prevent Officer is available to support our schools in responding to the Prevent Strategy.

The officer is available to provide training to schools and colleges, and support any ongoing or emerging issues or activities as appropriate.

To get in touch, please contact your local Prevent Officer for schools at:

020 8753 5727