Warwickshire is a relatively safe place to live and most crime types are continuing to reduce. However, we also live in a global community which means we are affected by trends and events that occur at the international level. At present, we need to consider the international threat of terrorism and those people who are pulled into groups that support extremist causes.
In Warwickshire, authorities and communities are working together to deliver the Government’s Prevent Strategy. Prevent is one of four objectives which make up the Government’s Strategy for Countering Terrorism – CONTEST.
The Prevent Strategy
The Prevent Strategy has three key 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 which we need to address.
It is set up to challenge all forms of terrorism, including the influence of far right and far left extremists. It defines extremism as “vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs”.
Prevent operates in a pre-criminal space, providing support and re-direction to vulnerable individuals at risk of being groomed into terrorist activities before any crimes are committed. Radicalisation could be comparable to other forms of harm and abuse. It is therefore considered a safeguarding issue and thought of alongside the wider safeguarding agenda.
Warwickshire Prevent Action Plan 2017-18
A local action plan has been developed to implement the Prevent Strategy in Warwickshire and in particular to implement the new Prevent and Channel legislation.
The action plan is owned by the multi-agency Warwickshire Prevent Working Group which reports into the Safer Warwickshire Partnership Board.
Help and Support
If you have any worries or concerns, or would like more information on Prevent, and the signs and behaviours, please contact Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police Prevent officers on firstname.lastname@example.org.
In an emergency, call 999.
If you require help or support outside of normal working hours in relation to Prevent related issues or vulnerabilities please click on the ‘Out of hours’ link below to find agencies that will be able to support you.
Warwickshire Channel Process
Channel is a key element of the Prevent Strategy. It is a multi-agency approach to identifying and providing support to individuals who are at risk of being drawn into terrorism.
The following leaflet provides more information on how the Channel process works in Warwickshire. Channel meetings are currently held monthly.
If you need to make a referral, please download the referral form here:
To understand the pathway process for Channel Panel referrals, click below:
Learning and Development
If you want to learn more about the process of radicalisation, how to spot those at risk and what to do to reduce it, complete our free e-learning course which will take only 30 minutes. You will need to log in as a guest to complete the course.
Prevent Training Courses
Training courses are available from August 2017 to March 2018:
Train the Trainer is on offer for those who would like to train others in the Workshop To Raise Awareness on Prevent (WRAP). Delegates will receive a Home Office allocation number in order to access resources to support training.
For further details see: Train the Trainer flyer Jan – Dec 2018
Workshop to Raise Awareness on Prevent (WRAP) is an awareness raising session ‘Workshop to Raise Awareness on Prevent’ available to communities, individuals, professionals, agencies, partners and commissioned services.
For further details see: WRAP Training flyer Jan – Dec 2018
Group or team training sessions on WRAP can be arranged at a time convenient to yourselves, to organise this please contact email@example.com.
Training for Council Service Providers/Contractors in Warwickshire
The Council has a responsibility to ensure individuals are not subject to radicalisation from any ideology and in addition are not drawn into acts of terrorism. The council retains that same responsibility even when services are delivered for them by others in a commissioned arrangement.
WRAP training is on offer to local commissioned services and providers. See flyer below:
Prevent Learning Seminar for Home Office Prevent WRAP Trainers, Community Leaders and Prevent Partners.
This is by invite only to the above named groups of people. Bookings must be made in order to attend. Flyer below:
Training for Designated Safeguarding Leads
WRAP 3 is a new online version of the original WRAP programme. Many Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) previously attended a Train the Trainer course delivered by Police Prevent officers in order to deliver the original WRAP programme to school staff.These workshops are now being provided to support Designated Safeguarding Leads to use the new online WRAP 3 programme with groups of staff to ensure staff are appropriately trained and informed about the Prevent agenda.
Please find attached the course outline. New training dates will be posted soon.
Training for Parents
Online Grooming Keeping Your Family Safe is targeted at Parents to support them in keeping their children safe online. The first half of the session discusses how young people are targeted by online by groomers and befriended. The second part is delivered by the Community Safety team’s Cyber Crime Advisers, who make parents aware of some of the websites young people may be accessing, the dangers around these and how to add security settings to technology in the home, to keep children safe.
Sessions are open for groups of parents to book directly or for schools and community groups to arrange a group session with parents at a date and time that is suitable.
Click here to see the flyer Schools & communities Flyer Prevent Online Grooming – Keeping your family safe
For more information on Cyber Safety please click on the following link:
Testimonials for Prevent Training
New Directions Rugby Ltd supports people with learning and physical disabilities, the prevent training our staff team received recently on extremism and radicalisation was extremely beneficial for us and also the people we support. It increased our knowledge of what makes people vulnerable, how to recognise indicators that they may be being targeted or have been radicalised. It gave us key facts about incidents in our own locality and information about how we can report our concerns and that we can make a difference by being vigilant not only at work and with the people we support but in our daily lives. I would highly recommend this as essential training for all. Many thanks to Helene for delivering the training for us. – Doreen Woodward, CEO New Directions.
‘WRAP training delivered by Prevent was a good way for our staff and volunteers to become more aware of extremism in Warwickshire and how to spot the signs of radicalisation. Helene delivered an excellent presentation and you could tell how engaging it was by the amount of questions asked at the end. We would Highly recommend this service’ – Citizens Advice South Warwickshire
‘Thank you very much for your continued support of the foster care training calendar by offering us your services as a trainer during the last year. You always go the extra mile when training for us and we value your contribution to the continued learning and development of our foster carers and staff groups’ – Lynn Rowlston, Foster Care Training and Qualifications Manager, Warwickshire County Council
“Thank you for your very valuable contribution to our Alternative Providers event. Your session was insightful and informative, especially as it was contextualised to what is happening in Warwickshire. We received excellent feedback on the evaluation forms about the event and your presentation. It is clear the delegates found your session useful and informative” Annette Firman, Lead Professional Vulnerable Groups, Education and Learning Business Unit.
The Home Office have published a catalogue of resources for the use of partners: Click on the Prevent Training Catalogue for a variety of support resources and training providers around Prevent.
The Department for Education (DFE) website contains information on Prevent and Hate Crime and is organised into sections for parents, teachers and school leaders.Please see http://educateagainsthate.com/
The Extreme Dialogue Project have released new, open-access materials for use in secondary schools to support education around Prevent. The educational resources, which can be viewed here, encourage an improved understanding of the causes and consequences of violent extremism and radicalisation in order to build young people’s resilience to extremism and develop their critical thinking skills – both online and offline.
The Let’s Talk About It website is to support communities to stop people becoming involved in terrorism. As part of the web re-launch, Let’s Talk About It now has its own Facebook page to run alongside its existing Twitter and YouTube accounts. You can access the social media accounts here:
Read Prevent updates via Warwickshire’s Prevent Newsletters.