What is Channel?
Channel provides support across the country to those who may be vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism. The overall aim of the programme is early intervention and diverting people away from the risk they may face.
How does channel work?
Channel works by partners jointly assessing the nature and the extent of the risk and where necessary, providing an appropriate support package tailored to the individual’s needs.
The three key stages of Channel are:
- Identify individuals at risk of being drawn into terrorism;
- Assess the nature and extent of that risk; and
- Develop the most appropriate support plan for the individuals concerned.
Assessing the nature and extent of the risk
Where necessary, referring cases to a multi agency panel for development of the most appropriate support package to divert and support the individual at risk.
How do you identify those at risk?
Referrals come from those who have concerns about individuals who may be vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism.
Who makes the referrals?
Referrals can come from a wide range of individuals and partners and could include youth offending teams, social services, health, police, education and local communities.
Who sits on the multi-agency panel?
The panel is designed to work in the same way as other multi agency structures that are used to safeguard individuals at risk – from drugs, knife and gun crime, gangs etc. The panel is chaired by the local authority and consists of statutory partners and the Channel coordinator.
What kind of support is provided through the channel?
Examples of support provided could include mentoring, diversionary activities such as sport, signposting to mainstream services such as education, employment or housing. Support is always tailored to specific needs of the individual following assessment by the multi-agency panel.
Channel is aimed at all individuals who may be most at risk of being drawn into terrorism – whatever section of society they may be from.
Channel uses existing collaboration between partners to support individuals and protect them from being drawn into terrorism