PREVENT strategy and reporting radicalisation or extremism
The Prevent Strategy, published by the Government in 2011, is part of the overall national counter terrorism strategy, CONTEST.
The aim of the Prevent Strategy is to reduce the threat to the UK from terrorism by stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. It focusses on safeguarding people who are vulnerable to radicalisation or extremism (violent & non-violent).
Swansea Council has the lead role in delivering the Prevent Strategy in this Local Authority area in accordance with its duties under the Counter Terrorism & Security Act 2015. We work closely with partners such as the Police, Local Health Board, Probation Services, further and higher education establishments and schools, to name a few.
The Strategy is delivered locally through the partnership frameworks consisting of the 'Western Bay Contest Board for Swansea, Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot' and the 'Swansea Multi agency Channel Panel'.
The Channel process forms a key part of the Prevent Strategy. It is a multi-agency approach to identify and provide support to individuals who are at risk of being drawn into terrorism. Channel may be appropriate for anyone who is vulnerable to being drawn into any form of terrorism or extremism. The programme ensures that vulnerable children and adults of any faith, ethnicity or background receive support before their vulnerabilities are exploited by those that would want them to embrace terrorism, and before they become involved in criminal terrorist activity.
Extremism, violent and non-violent, can come in different forms whether this is far right or left extremism, Islamic extremism or any other extreme ideology that fosters hatred between our communities. Terrorists and violent extremists are criminals that seek to undermine the common values we all share.
We all have a responsibility to keep our county and the people in it safe. Extremism and radicalisation in our community are very real threats to our society and being aware is the first step. You can help to reduce the threat from terrorism, radicalisation and extremism by being vigilant.
Prevent is recognised as a 'Safeguarding' issue and will be treated in the same way as other safeguarding processes designed to protect vulnerable people from harm or abuse.
Further information may be found on the ACT (Action Counters Terrorism) website: ACT Early | Prevent radicalisation
It can be hard to know what to do if you're worried someone close is expressing extreme views or hatred, which could lead to them harming themselves or others. Two videos are available to help you reach out for help and to inform you how we can help safeguard someone that may be vulnerable to radicalisation.
If you have seen a person acting suspiciously or if you see a vehicle, unattended package or bag that may be an immediate threat, move away and call 999.
No immediate threat
If you are concerned about possible terrorist activity or you have any concerns about an individual or group of individuals that may be showing signs of vulnerability to radicalisation and there is no immediate threat, please email email@example.com , giving as much information as possible.
Alternatively, call the police on 101 or complete the online referral form to report an individual.
Information found online
If you have found illegal or harmful information, pictures or videos online, you can report your concerns anonymously.