Prevent is a part of the Government’s national counter-terrorism strategy, which aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism before they get involved in criminal activity. It is designed to stop terrorism regardless of ideology or cause.

We're a key local partner in helping to safeguard and support individuals at risk of being drawn into terrorism. Work around Prevent is coordinated by the Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour and Community Safety Team.

The Channel programme

Channel is a multi-agency safeguarding programme run in every local authority in England and Wales. Through the Channel programme, we work with a range of partners including South Yorkshire Police, education establishments and the NHS.

The programme works to protect vulnerable people (adults, children and young people) from being drawn into terrorism and provides a range of support such as mentoring, counselling and help with employment.

Participation in Channel is voluntary. It's up to an individual, or their parents for children aged 17 and under, to decide whether to take up the support it offers. Participating in Channel does not lead to a criminal record.

The local Channel Panel is chaired by the Council’s Head of Neighbourhood Intervention and Tenant Support who works closely with Children’s and Adults' Safeguarding Services.

Who to contact

If you're worried about someone being drawn into terrorism, make contact with the South Yorkshire Police Prevent Team by ringing 101 or call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline (can be anonymous) on 0800 789321.

In an emergency where your own or others' safety is at risk call 999.

You can also report any illegal terrorist information, pictures or videos you’ve found on the internet through the government's website.