Current Threat Level in the UK: SUBSTANTIAL – An Attack is Likely
Prevent is part of CONTEST, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy. The aim of Prevent is to stop people becoming terrorists or support terrorism.
Walsall Council has been working alongside the Home Office for several years and have a Prevent Co-ordinator, funded by the Home Office and since July last year, a Prevent Education Officer. Local partners are also heavily involved in Prevent work on a practical level and through the Prevent Board which meets...
Roles of Prevent Co-ordinator and Prevent Education Officer:
Promoting the Prevent Strategy across partners.
Developing and driving forward a Prevent Delivery Plan.
Liaising with the Home Office around strategy and project management.
Delivery of WRAP training across all sectors.
Managing the governance arrangements for the Prevent Delivery Group.
Keeping abreast of all intelligence to obtain a clear understanding of the current local threat for the borough
The Home Office Prevent training team has launched three Prevent training products: a dedicated referral awareness eLearning package and a package that explains in depth the Channel process and Prevent Referrals.
Each has been designed and built to support training users, government departments and sectors to complement the existing Prevent awareness eLearning. They enable users to flexibly navigate their way through the content and gain greater insight, knowledge and skills to confidently carry out their functions to support people vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism.
It must be stressed that the above three training resources DO NOT replace ‘Workshops to Raise Awareness of Prevent’ (WRAP Training).
Additional Guidance on Prevent Referrals
The training is for anyone who has been through the Prevent awareness eLearning or a Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP), and so already has an understanding of Prevent and of their role in safeguarding vulnerable people.
The training follows on from the Prevent awareness training which introduces users to the NOTICE-CHECK-SHARE procedure for evaluating and sharing concerns relating to radicalisation. The package shares best practice on how to articulate concerns about an individual, and ensure that they are robust and considered. It is aimed at anyone who may be in a position to notice signs of vulnerability to radicalisation and aims to give them confidence in referring on for help if appropriate. It is also designed for those (for example line managers) who may receive these referrals and have to consider how to respond, whether that be establishing more context, or reaching out to partner agencies for support. A link to the training is below.
This training package is for anyone who may be asked to contribute to, sit on, or even run a Channel Panel. It is aimed at all levels, from a professional asked to input and attend for the first time, to a member of staff new to their role and organising a panel meeting. It covers both an introduction to what Channel is, how it operates in the user’s region, and how to organise a Channel Panel for the first time. In response to feedback, it also covers information sharing, including how, when and with whom to share information of a Channel case. A link to the Channel Panel training is below.
Prevent awareness eLearning
The Prevent awareness eLearning has recently been refreshed. This includes updates to reflect the recommendations from the Parsons Green review, updated information following the change in threat and attacks of 2017, and new case studies. A link to the training is below.