Frequently Asked Questions on CHANNEL

Channel is a key part of the Government’s work to prevent terrorism.

The aim of Channel

To safeguard individuals who might be vulnerable to being radicalised, so that they are not at risk of being drawn into terrorist-related activity.

What factors can put people at risk?

There is no single way of identifying who is likely to be vulnerable in this way. Factors may include: peer pressure, influence from other people or the internet, bullying, crime and anti-social behaviour, family tensions, race/hate crime, lack of self esteem or identity and personal or political grievances.

How do I make a referral or find out more about Channel in Luton?

To find out more, please click here or please contact:

Nelufa Begum
Tel: 01582 548 645
Email: Nelufa.begum@luton.gcsx.gov.uk

Bernie Dunne
Tel: 01582 548 302
Email: Bernard.dunne@luton.gcsx.gov.uk

Adele Norman
Tel: 01582 548 658
Email: adele.norman@luton.gcsx.gov.uk

To make a referral, please use the:

The Early Help Assessment Tool (EHA)

Call and discuss your concerns with a Local Authority Channel Coordinator who will inform you whether a EHA is required.

EHA Contact details:
Early Help Assessment (EHA)
Telephone: 01582 548 231
Email: eha@luton.gcsx..gov.uk

How does Channel work?

The Channel process identifies those most at risk, and refers them via the local authority for assessment by a multi-agency panel (see next question) which decides how to support their vulnerability.

Channel is about communities working closely in partnership with local authorities, to divert people away from potential risk at an early stage so that they are not drawn into or drawn back into, terrorist related criminal behaviour.

Partnership involvement ensures that those at risk have access to a wide range of support ranging from mainstream services, such as health and education, through to specialist mentoring or faith guidance and wider diversionary activities.

Who are the partners in the Channel panel in Luton?

The point of having a multi-agency Channel panel is to ensure that vulnerable individuals have access to a wide range of support, from diversionary activities through to providing access to specific services provided by Luton Borough Council.

All Partners involved have signed up to an information sharing protocol and are from:

  • LBC
  • Probation
  • YOS
  • Education
  • Health
  • Luton Safeguarding Children Board
  • Bedfordshire Police

Partners use their shared expertise to consider the individual’s needs and to tailor support to meet those needs.

But I work with children and young people, how is this relevant to me?

Children and young people can be drawn into violence or they can be exposed to the messages of extremist groups by many means.

These can include through the influence of family members or friends and/or direct contact with extremist groups and organisations or, increasingly, through the internet. This can put a young person at risk of being drawn into criminal activity and has the potential to cause Significant Harm.

The risk of radicalisation is the product of a number of factors and identifying this risk requires that staff exercise their professional judgement, seeking further advice as necessary from a local authority Channel Coordinator before making any referral. It may be combined with other vulnerabilities or may be the only risk identified.

Potential indicators include:

  • Use of inappropriate language
  • Possession of violent extremist literature
  • Behavioural changes
  • The expression of extremist views
  • Advocating violent actions and means
  • Association with known extremists
  • Seeking to recruit others to an extremist ideology

Is Channel good for communities?

Channel is not about reporting or informing on individuals in order to prosecute them. It is a process that supports vulnerable people at the earliest possible opportunity before they become involved in illegal activity.

Channel is a partnership response to preventing terrorism. The Channel process has similarities to other crime prevention initiatives in place around drugs and gangs prevention work, however its focus is specifically on safeguarding those vulnerable to being drawn into terrorist-related activity. All communities are affected by the threat of terrorism, but the extent of the threat varies across the country, which is why Channel is delivered at a local level and proportionate to the needs of local people.

Does the Channel process target Muslim communities?

No. The process applies to any individual, from any faith, ethnicity or background who may be at risk of being drawn into any form of terrorism.