If you feel that there is threat to life for the individual or others, you must report the matter to the police on 999.

What is ‘Prevent’?

The Home Office Prevent Strategy 2011 is designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. A key element to this is ‘Channel’.

What is ‘Channel’?

Channel is a multi-agency approach to protect people at risk from radicalisation using existing collaboration between local authorities, statutory partners, the police and local community to

  • 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 individual concerned

How is this achieved?

The main focus is on early intervention - diverting people away from the risk they face. In order to do this, information sharing is crucial. If Children's Social Care, North Yorkshire Police and/or the local authority lead on 'Prevent' and the 'Channel' process think that there is a risk, a Channel Panel to assess the risk and agree further actions may be convened.

When should I refer?

If you have information that suggests an individual  is exhibiting behaviour or making comments that suggest he/she may be involved in activity which could be linked to terrorism may, for example be:

  • Accessing information on the internet with links to terrorist activity
  • Using extreme right wing symbols
  • Exhibiting significant changes in behaviour
  • Spending significant periods of time alone, withdrawing from social interaction
  • Having a sudden and obsessive interest in topical terrorist related news stories
  • Using terminology or words associated with terrorism - notice, check and share

How do I make a referral?

Contact CYC SPOC Jane Mowat 01904 555742 or email

Complete York Prevent Referral Form and email to 

Useful Documents

Safer York Partnership Working with Individuals Vulnerable to Extremism: City of York Practice Guidance

York Prevent Referral Form

Channel Referral Process

Useful Links

The Home Office Prevent Strategy

Educate Against Hate gives teachers, parents and school leaders practical advice and information on protecting children from extremism and radicalisation 

Let's Talk About It is an initiative designed to provide practical help and guidance to the public in order to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.