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The Channel process

1. Overview

The multi-agency approach to protect people at risk from radicalisation is called Channel. This uses existing partnerships and collaboration between local authorities, statutory partners (such as the education and health sectors, social services, children and youth services and offender management services), the police and the local community to:

  • identify individuals at risk of radicalisation or involvement in terrorism
  • assess the nature and extent of that risk
  • develop the most appropriate support plan for the individuals concerned

Channel is about safeguarding children and adults from being drawn into involvement in terrorism. It is about early intervention to address vulnerabilities, and divert people from harm. Participation in Channel is voluntary. It is up to an individual, or their parents for children aged 17 and under, to decide whether to take up the support it offers. Channel does not lead to a criminal record.

Safeguarding vulnerable individuals from radicalisation and extremism