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Prevent team in Norfolk

The Prevent strategy includes four strands, known as the Contest framework:

  • Prevent: To stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism
  • Pursue: To stop terrorist attacks
  • Protect: To strengthen our protection against a terrorist attack
  • Prepare: To mitigate the impact of a terrorist attack

The Norfolk Prevent team includes:

  • Channel Panel chair
  • Channel Panel Facilitator
  • Practise Consultant Social worker
  • Preventing Radicalisation Coordinator

It's our duty under legislation (Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015) to understand:

  • How to recognise when a child or vulnerable adult is being groomed by extremists
  • How support could divert them and improve their wellbeing

View the Prevent Norfolk practitioners' quick guide (PDF) [219KB] 

Channel Panel

This is a multi-agency panel to identify and support individuals at risk of being drawn into terrorism. It's a confidential and voluntary process.

There's no defined threshold for whether an individual is at risk. But we can use signs that extremist views are being adopted to assess whether to make an offer of early support.

There may be cases that need a safeguarding response together with Prevent. This could include support around:

  • Mental health
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Accommodation
  • Education and employment

Channel can also support people struggling with interpretations of their faith. This is through approved experts.

The panel reports to:

  • The Norfolk Safeguarding Children's Partnership Group
  • The Norfolk Community Relations Prevent Steering Group

There is a formal escalation process in place to address any significant areas of concern about:

  • Planning
  • The implementation or quality of the plans, or decisions relating to them
  • Resources
  • Poor practice

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