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Prevent in Somerset

 

Avon and Somerset Police have launched the Stop Terrorist and Extremist online Presence campaign in the form of the ‘Red Button’. The red button is on their homepage.

It links to a feature article and signposts to the report terrorism page on the GOV.UK website


Preventing extremism and radicalisation

What is Prevent?
Prevent is one part of the United Kingdom’s counter-terrorism strategy (CONTEST) and aims to stop people from being exposed to extreme ideologies, or becoming involved in or supporting terrorist activity. It is an approach that involves many agencies and communities, to safeguard people who may be at risk of radicalisation.

The Prevent strategy covers all types of extremism both domestic violent and non-violent extremism, including the extreme right wing, Islamist militantism and other causes.

Three national objectives of the Prevent strategy have been identified:

Objective 1: Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it.

Objective 2: Prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support.

Objective 3: Work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to address.

Prevent and safeguarding in Somerset
The Government’s revised Prevent strategy was launched in July 2015. Its key objectives are to challenge the ideology that supports extremism and terrorism and those who promote it through safeguarding. It uses a multi-agency approach, similar to that used for dealing with safeguarding issues such as Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) to prevent vulnerable people from being drawn into extremism and terrorism.

This approach ensures that Prevent achieves its purpose of safeguarding vulnerable individuals who are at risk of radicalisation from extremist groups.

Somerset County Council’s Prevent objectives:

Training
Workshop to raise the awareness of Prevent (WRAP) – Info about how to sign up
There is face-to-face training, so that everyone is aware of and understands the Prevent Duty and how it sits within national and Somerset’s safeguarding processes.

Training opportunities

Home Office Prevent e-learning

Somerset County Council staff can go to The Learning Centre for Prevent and Channel Panel e-learning.

Advice and support

  • Have a clear understanding of the Prevent referral process. Provide advice and guidance on how to safeguard and prevent people from being drawn into extremism.  
  • Ensure that partner agencies work together to provide vulnerable individuals support and advice if a concern is raised that the person may be or becoming radicalised into extremism. Assistance should then be provided to them with the necessary support structure.
  • To recognise and use early intervention strategies to guide an individual in a more positive direction.
  • To offer support to individuals, using the Channel Panel - which can include educational, employment and community interventions.

Who to contact if you have a Prevent concern

1. To report a concern:

Regional Police Prevent Team
Phone: 01179 455 536  
Email: channelsw@avonandsomerset.pnn.police.uk 

2. For advice, support and training enquiries:

Public Health Specialist – Community Safety, Lucy Macready: 
Phone: 07887 955 440 
Email: LMacready@somerset.gov.uk 

3. For safeguarding support and advice:

Somerset Direct
Phone: 0300 123 2224

4. All other Prevent questions:

Email: Prevent@somerset.gov.uk

Report online terrorist material
Tackling extremist material is important to protect the public and prevent offences that incite or promote terrorism and extremism.  

The internet is perhaps the most likely and most prominent delivery method exploited by extreme groups seeking to radicalise vulnerable people into pledging support by promoting views of extreme content, the reading of extremist publications, online speaking events and communication. 

You can report online extremist and terrorist material on the Home Office website

You can report:

  • articles, images, speeches or videos that promote terrorism or encourage violence
  • content encouraging people to commit acts of terrorism 
  • websites made by terrorist or extremist organisations
  • videos of terrorist attacks 

Prevent in the community 
Safeguarding is the primary objective of the Prevent Duty in Somerset. If you have any concerns that an someone in your community is vulnerable or susceptible to radicalisation by extremists, please contact the Police Prevent Referral team by phone: 01179 455 536 or email: channelsw@avonandsomerset.pnn.police.uk 

To help the people in your community, early intervention through Prevent and Channel as a safeguarding strategy is the most effective, and this will support that individual fully from radicalisation.

This leaflet is to make you aware of a potential risk to young or vulnerable people from extremism and terrorism. It has not been prompted by an incident at a school or in the community. The leaflet is to offer advice and reassurance. Somerset remains a low risk area for terrorism and a safe place to live. If you want to know more, please visit the websites listed in the leaflet.

Let's talk about it
Let’s Talk About It is a website created to provide a greater understanding of the support Prevent can offer and to challenge division and negativity in our communities through positive and effective attitude changes. By highlighting the issues and initiating discussions around the potential threats we face as a community, we can create greater understanding and wider awareness.

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