Radicalisation and Extremism

Radicalisation and Extremism


Prevent is a part of the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy CONTEST, which aims to stop people becoming radicalised, supporting terrorists or becoming terrorists themselves.

The 2011 Prevent strategy has three specific strategic objectives:

  • respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it;
  • prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support; and
  • work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to address


Responsible authorities: local authorities, schools, further and higher education institutions, health sector, prisons, probation services and the police.  Further guidance can be found here.


Channel is a programme which focusses on providing support at an early stage to people who are identified as being vulnerable to be drawn into terrorism.   Channel uses existing collaboration between local authorities, health sectors, offender management services, the police and the local community to protect and divert people away from the risk of extremism and radicalisation.  The programme uses a multi-agency approach to protect people at risk of radicalisation by:

  • identifying people at risk of being drawn into terrorism
  • assess the nature and extent of the risk; and
  • develop at the most appropriate support plan for the individual or individuals concerned

Channel is about early intervention to protect those people who are vulnerable of being drawn into committing terrorist-related activity and address all types of extremism.  Further guidance can be found here.


Who can receive support through Channel?

Support though Channel may be appropriate for anyone who is vulnerable to being drawn into extremism or terrorism.  This includes children or adults of any faith, ethnicity or background.  The aim is to reach people before their vulnerabilities are exploited by those who want them to embrace terrorism and drawn into committing terrorist-related activity.


What do I do if I have a concern?

For details of who to contact and to find out more about what happens when you contact Channel practitioners, see the guidance on Making-a-Channel-Referral-in-West-Sussex.

If you have any concerns about an individual possibly being drawn into or supporting terrorism, assess them first with your manager. If this is not possible, or if, having considered the case, you still believe there may be grounds for a Channel referral, contact MASH to discuss the case:


Sussex Police Prevent Team:
Telephone: 101 | Ext. 531355
Email: prevent@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Alternatively, if you have any questions about Prevent, including whether a Channel referral is appropriate, you can discuss it with:

Local Channel Panel Chairs

For West Sussex excluding Crawley:
Beverly Knight
Community Safety and Wellbeing, WSCC
Telephone: 0330 222 4223 | Mobile: 0789 458 9071
Email: Beverly.knight@westsussex.gov.uk

For Crawley only:
Lindsay Adams
Community Development, Crawley Borough Council
Telephone: 01293 438500
Email: Lindsay.adams@crawley.gov.uk

To find out more about what happens when you contact Channel practitioners, see the guidance on Making a Channel Referral in West Sussex

Reporting suspicious activity – Your questions answered


Making a referral

You can make a referral using Prevent-Channel-Referral-Form.


If you believe people may be in immediate danger, call 999.



If you encounter terrorist information, pictures or videos on the internet you can report these directly to the Home Office.



Counter terrorism policing posters and leaflets.

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