This guidance covers safeguarding responsibilities under the statutory Prevent duty in respect of children under the age of 18 years. The Government's Prevent Strategy (2011) refers to Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015) and the revised Prevent Duty guidance (2015) sets out that all governing bodies and proprietors of all schools and registered childcare providers should ensure that their safeguarding arrangements take into account the policies and procedures of the
Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB).

Channel is a key element of the national Prevent strategy (2011). It is a multiagency approach to protect people at risk from radicalisation. Channel uses existing collaboration between local authorities, statutory partners (such as the education and health sectors, social services, children’s and youth services 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; and
  • develop the most appropriate support plan for the individuals concerned.

Channel is about safeguarding children and adults from being drawn into committing terrorist-related activity. It is about early intervention to protect and divert people away from the risk they face before illegality occurs.