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 2018-19
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.
Warwickshire Prevent Annual Report 2017/2018
The Prevent Annual report shows the progress and actions delivered from the action plan during the period 2017 to 2018. To read the report, click on the link below.
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 email@example.com.
If you require support from the Local Authority Prevent Officer – Geoff Thomas please phone: 01926 412432. If you are unable to make contact with the Prevent Officer please phone 01926 412338 to contact the administrator for the Community Safety Team who will be able to help you.
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 throughout the year as follows:
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.
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.
Group or team training sessions on WRAP can be arranged at a time convenient to yourselves, to organise this please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
Training for Designated Safeguarding Leads
WRAP 3 is a new online version of the original WRAP programme. 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.
To book onto this training course please complete this form : Flyer and Booking Form WRAP3 2017-18 and send to Sophie Morley, Administrative Asst, Education Safeguarding Children, , Saltisford Office Park, Ansell Way, Warwick, CV34 4UL or Email: email@example.com.
Training for Parents
Online Grooming Keeping Your Family Safe is targeted at Parents and front line workers to support everyone to keep 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 Advisors, 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.
Some feedback from parents and front line workers who attended training in 2018:
For more information on Cyber Safety please click on the following link:
Testimonials for Prevent Training
Geoff delivered training to college staff responsible for safeguarding and prevent and the college estate. The training was extremely useful, particularly in identifying the local picture and active groups. We are using this training to inform our staff of images, phrases and groups to be aware of to ensure we are fully supporting our students and identifying those at risk.
NICOLA PERRETT, DIRECTOR OF STUDENT SERVICES, STUDENT SERVICES
Staff found the information very interesting and relevant which will support early identification of vulnerable children at risk of being being radicalised and challenged the stereotype who could be targeted. The changing recruitment approaches of both radicalisation and violent extremism was helpful I thought you delivered it in a way which was really engaging, please fwd on the slides to me so I can distribute to the service Tony Begley, Operational Manager, Warwickshire Youth Justice Service
The Prevent training our agency received from Geoff was extremely well presented, thorough, informative and really made us think . Every single one of us left the training feeling like we had learnt something new.
Julie Mitchelson Warwickshire Counselling Centre T/A Sycamore Counselling Service.
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:
The Prevent newsletter is shared quarterly via Keep Me Posted. To receive this directly to your inbox click on this link. Once logged on click on Safe in Warwickshire under the Crime tab.
Read Prevent updates via Warwickshire’s Prevent Newsletters.