Prevent is one part of the Government’s strategy for countering terrorism and extremism in the UK.

Terrorism and extremism is not restricted to violent Islamism and those groups associated with Al Qa’ida, although this remains the greatest threat to the UK. There are also risks from the Extreme Right Wing, Northern Ireland related terrorism and other single causes.

The Prevent strategy has 3 main objectives which are;

  • Ideology – To respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it.
  • Institutions – Work with a wide range of sectors, in particular education, faith groups, healthcare providers, criminal justice and the internet, where there are risks of radicalisation.
  • Individuals – Prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and protect those who are at risk of radicalisation, ensuring that they are given appropriate advice and support.

The Channel process is a key element of the Prevent strategy. It is a multi-agency approach to identifying and supporting those individuals who are vulnerable and at risk from radicalisation.  

Channel is about safeguarding children and adults from being drawn into committing terrorist-related activity. It is about early intervention to protect and divert people away from the risk they face before illegality occurs. Channel uses existing collaboration between local authorities, the police, statutory partners and the local community to: 

  • identify individuals at risk of being drawn into terrorism;
  • assess the nature and extent of that risk; and
  • develop the most appropriate support plan for the individuals concerned.

How to report your concerns

Anyone can report or refer an individual who they feel is vulnerable to radicalisation. The information will be dealt with in confidence and in line with current legislation. The emphasis is on safeguarding individuals and protecting the public.

You can refer individuals directly to the Channel process or report Prevent related information through

For all suspicious activity which requires an immediate response contact Humberside Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.