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 2015-18
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.
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 referral system, 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.
WRAP Training Courses
There are two Train the Trainer Workshops to Raise Awareness on Prevent (WRAP) and a general awareness raising WRAP training session arranged for March 2017. For further details see below:
Group or team training sessions can be arranged at a time convenient to yourselves, to organise this please contact email@example.com.
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.
Read Prevent updates via Warwickshire’s Prevent Newsletters.