The aim of CONTEST is to reduce the risk to the United Kingdom, its citizens, and its interests overseas from terrorism, so that people can go about their lives freely and with confidence.
CONTEST has four work strands:
- Pursue: to stop terrorist attacks
- Prevent: to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism
- Protect: to strengthen our protection against a terrorist attack
- Prepare: to mitigate the impact of a terrorist attack
Terrorism has a devastating impact on victims, their families and communities. Many lives have been lost to terrorist attacks in the UK, and even more people have been injured.
Prevent is a national safeguarding programme that supports people who are at risk of becoming involved with terrorism through radicalisation.
Prevent is supported by three objectives:
- tackle the causes of radicalization and respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism
- safeguard and support those most at risk of radicalization through early intervention, identifying them and offering support
- enable those who have already engaged in terrorism to disengage and rehabilitate.
What is Channel and how does it support Prevent?
Channel is the safeguarding panel which supports Prevent. Led by the Local Authority, it is a programme which focuses on supporting people at an early stage who are identified as susceptible to being drawn into terrorism. It ensures people can receive support before they are exploited by those wanting them to embrace terrorist related activity.
It is a confidential and voluntary process where multi-agency safeguarding professionals meet to discuss support options. These support options encompass an array of different interventions, addressing educational, vocational, mental health, and other vulnerabilities. Ideological support is also common, which may include discussion with credible ideological experts and faith leaders.
Encourage anyone to seek advice (check) if they have any concerns whatsoever.
What to do if you are worried about someone being radicalised
There is a simple referral process in place for you to use for adults and children if you have any immediate or ongoing concerns about a potential Prevent referral situation:
How do I make a referral?
Contact Nottinghamshire Police Prevent Team. Telephone: 101 ext. 800 2962/2963 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can speak to the team informally before making a full referral.
For more information on Prevent and how to get support, please visit the GOV.UK website
If you are worried about someone being drawn into radicalisation, call the Act Early support line on 0800 011 3764 in confidence to share your concern with a specially trained officer open 9-5 every day. What to look for | ACT Early
If you would like some further advice about Prevent. complete the East Midlands Prevent Referral Form [Word]
Useful Resources and Websites
- Get help if you're worried about someone being radicalised - GOV.UK
- Act Early – Counter Terrorism Policing’s campaign provides information on spotting the signs of radicalisation
- Prevent Factsheet – Provides the core narrative on Prevent and Channel on the Home Office Blog
- Victims of Terrorism Campaign – information on where to seek advice and assistance following a terrorist attack
- Prevent Duty Guidance for England and Wales
- Channel Duty Guidance
- Educate Against Hate – information for school leaders, parents, and teachers on protecting children from radicalisation and extremism