On 1 July 2015 the UK government introduced a new Prevent Duty as a part of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 which places a duty on all statutory bodies, including Hartlepool Borough Council, to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.
Safeguarding against radicalisation and extremism is part of Hartlepool ’s existing multi agency adults and children safeguarding arrangements. Schools, colleges, universities, health, the police and other institutions play an important role in safeguarding vulnerable individuals and families.
In addition the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 sections 36 and 41 sets out the duty on local authorities and partners to establish and cooperate with a local Channel programme of Channel panels to provide support for people vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism.
Channel is a multi agency approach to identifying and providing support to individuals who are at risk of being drawn into radicalisation. It focuses on all forms of extremism and adopts an early intervention and prevention approach. Further Channel guidance can be found at the following web link:
Channel uses existing collaboration between local authorities, statutory partners (e.g. Adult and Children’s Services, Education, Health and offender management services), the police and the local community to:
- identify individuals at risk of being drawn into terrorism
- assess the nature and extent of that risk
- Develop the most appropriate support plan for the individuals concerned.
If you have concerns about an individual potentially being radicalised please ring 101 quoting Channel or the Anti-Terrorism Hotline on 0800 789 321. If it is an emergency please ring 999
Stay Safe Film
Police and security agencies are working tirelessly to protect the public but it is also important that communities remain vigilant and aware of how to protect themselves if the need arises.
National Counter Terrorism policing is providing advice to the public on the steps they can take to keep themselves safe in the rare event of a firearms or weapons attack.
The police service has released the short public information film called ‘Stay Safe: Firearms and Weapons Attack’ which sets out the key options for keeping safe should the worst happen.