Preventing extremism - Channel

Channel is designed to help vulnerable individuals reject violent extremism or support of terrorism before they become radicalised. It is part of Prevent, a key element of the government's counter terrorism strategy.

How Channel works

Channel works in a similar way to existing safeguarding mechanisms and partnerships. Those thought vulnerable and at risk are referred to a panel made up of partner organisations, including the police, who discuss the individuals concerned. The panel then:

  • Identifies those at risk of being drawn into violent extremism
  • Assesses the nature and extent of that risk
  • Develops the most appropriate support for them. The individual must consent to any suggested action as it is voluntary

We chair the panel as part of our statutory duty.

Are you concerned about someone?

If you believe someone is in danger of being exploited or becoming radicalised, use your organisation's own safeguarding and duty of care procedures in the first instance to raise your concerns. Channel can then become involved if necessary.

Anyone can call the national police Prevent advice line on 0800 011 3764, in confidence, to share your concerns with specially trained officers. The advice line is open 9am to 5pm every day.

You can also contact the Prevent team by emailing

Or you can report a concern using the Prevent referral form.

If you are concerned about someone outside Herefordshire, for example, a student who doesn't live in the county, you can still call one of the numbers above for advice.