Prevent counter-terrorism strategy

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 Community Safety and Safer Neighbourhoods Service.

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, social care 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 education and employment.

Participation in Channel is voluntary. It's up to an individual (or their parents for children aged under 18) 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 Community Safety and Safer Neighbourhood Services and links closely with existing processes for safeguarding adults and children.

Act early

If you are worried someone close to you is becoming radicalised act early and seek help. The sooner you reach out, the quicker the person you care about can be protected from being groomed and exploited by extremists.

Police forces across the country have specially trained Prevent officers who work with professionals in health, education, local authorities and charities, as well as faith and community groups to help vulnerable people move away from extremism. They are here to listen and offer help and advice. Receiving support is voluntary.

Friends and family are best placed to spot the signs, so trust your instincts and share your concerns in confidence. They can help if you act early. You won't be wasting police time and you won’t ruin lives, but you might save them. 

To find out more about how to help someone close to you visit

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.

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