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 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.