Prevent in Newcastle
Prevent in Newcastle
Newcastle is a safe, diverse and largely tolerant city, but we cannot be complacent. Prevent is part of the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy CONTEST and is designed to safeguard vulnerable people and communities from the threat of radicalisation and being drawn into terrorism.
If you wish to make an immediate Prevent Referral then please go to the following link Prevent Referral Form and select the ‘continue’ button.
In an emergency where your own or others' safety is at risk call 999.
Factsheet: Prevent and Channel - 2021 (Oct. 2021)
What is Prevent?
Prevent is part of the Government's Counter-Terrorism Strategy (CONTEST)
The CONTEST Strategy has four parts:
- Prevent: to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism
- Pursue: to stop terrorist attacks
- Protect: to strengthen our protection against a terrorist attack
- Prepare: to mitigate the impact of a terrorist attack.
Prevent works in a similar way to programmes designed to safeguard people from gangs, drug abuse, physical and sexual abuse. In practice, it provides an enhanced response to tackle the causes of radicalisation, in communities and online; continued effective support to those who are vulnerable to radicalisation; and disengagement from terrorist activities by those already engaged in or supporters of terrorism.
What is extremism?
Extremism is vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We also include in our definition of extremism calls for the death of members of our armed forces, whether in this country or overseas. (2015 Counter Extremism Strategy)
What is radicalisation?
Radicalisation refers to the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and extremist ideologies associated with terror groups (Prevent Duty Guidance, England and Wales - 1st April 2021 )
What is Terrorism?
Terrorism is the use of violence or threat of violence in order to affect a political, religious, or ideological change. (
ACT Early (Counter Terrorism Policing safeguarding website)
ACT Early - Counter Terrorism Policing safeguarding website
THE impact of Covid-19, social isolation and a rise in hateful extremism online is creating a ‘perfect storm’ which is making more young people vulnerable to radicalisation and other forms of grooming.
But parents, friends and families can now get specialist support to stop their loved ones being drawn into harmful activities or groups, with the launch of ACT Early - a new dedicated safeguarding website and advice line from the specialists at Counter Terrorism Policing (CTP).
This new resource will provide advice, guidance and support for anyone who is concerned that someone they know may be at risk from being radicalised by terrorists or extremist content online.
Prevent is just that – a preventative programme, delivered locally by teachers, healthcare practitioners, social workers, the police, charities, and religious leaders. It places protection around people vulnerable to radicalisation, stopping them from being drawn into terrorism – regardless of the ideology.
What it means when someone is radicalised
Radicalisation is the process someone goes through when they start to believe extremist ideas and develop support for terrorism.
Many factors could lead to someone being radicalised and part of our work is to try and stop this from happening.
What causes people to become radicalised
We know that people become radicalised for different reasons, and that’s why we work with lots of different organisations to spot worrying behaviour so we can help people at risk of radicalisation, early on.
Mental health, substance abuse or a change in personal circumstances can all be crucial factors in radicalisation but everyone is different.
A number of complex factors can lead to someone being radicalised and every individual will be different.
Warning signs that someone is being radicalised
Every individual is different but the warning signs could include:
- isolating themselves from friends and family
- unwillingness or inability to discuss their views
- talking as if from a scripted speech
- starting to support violence
- being un-interested in activities they previously liked to do
- researching extremist material on a computer or phone
- following or speaking to extremists on social media
What is Channel?
Channel is part of the Prevent programme.
It’s a voluntary, confidential, early intervention programme that supports people who may be at risk of being drawn into terrorism. Many types of support are available as part of Channel. These include support at school, in the workplace, for substance abuse and with specialist mentors, mental health key workers and doctors.
We work with all kinds of groups and organisations, in much the same way that partners come together to help people who’ve been groomed by gangs or involved in sexual exploitation.
Taking part in Channel doesn’t go on someone’s criminal record. It means getting the right kind of help for the person who needs support.
The focus of Prevent in Newcastle
The focus of prevent in Newcastle is:
To keep children and adults safe from being drawn into terrorism.
We work with individuals and communities before a crime has been committed and to safeguard and support the most vulnerable from being radicalised.
Prevent is supported by three objectives:
- Responding to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it (ideology);
- Preventing people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support (individuals); and
- Working with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation which we need to address (institutions).
If you suspect it, report it.
This involves delivering training and raising awareness of Prevent so that the signs of radicalisation can be recognised in individuals showing concerning behaviour.
Education, resources and guidance
The Prevent Duty in Education
As an education practitioner you must safeguard children and young people in England from extremists and extremist views in school. The council, Government and the Prevent Team have a range of advice and support available.
The Department for Education’s (DfE's) ‘Prevent’ duty states that we must “safeguard children and young people in England from extremists and extremist views in school and in out of school hours learning, and stop young people from becoming radicalised or acting on extreme views.'
• School leaders, school staff and governing bodies in all local-authority-maintained schools, academies and free schools;
• Proprietors, governors and staff in all independent schools;
• Proprietors, managers and staff in childcare settings.
It will be of particular interest to safeguarding leads.
Local Guidance for Schools
The Prevent team in Newcastle offer a range of free opportunities and resources to support education settings in meeting the Prevent Duty on both a proactive and reactive basis.
This offer includes:
- In-house and centralised staff training opportunities
- Policy advice and guidance, such as risk assessment templates
- Tailored support and responses to concerns or referrals around at-risk individuals
- Pupil engagement sessions and curriculum materials, quality assured lessons for all key stages
What steps can I take to keep children safe online?
You can switch on family friendly filters to help prevent age inappropriate content being accessed on devices in your home.
How to book your free training and access free resources
Contact the Prevent Education Officer
Telephone: 0191 277 2066 or 07817 549718
Ofsted on the Web and on social media
Education resources for home education during COVID-19
This list of online education resources for home education includes resources to support your child’s mental wellbeing.
Department for Education Safeguarding Guidance.
Keeping Children Safe in Community Activities, After School Clubs and Tuition
Non-statutory Safeguarding Guidance
The Department for Education (DfE) has published guidance - Keeping children safe during community activities, after-school clubs and tuition: non-statutory guidance.
How can this guidance help you as a provider?
- The guidance will help providers understand how they can run safe settings to ensure the welfare of the children attending them.
Safeguarding information booklets for Providers
Information for providers on keeping children safe in community activities, after school clubs, tuition, and sports training.
Safeguarding information for Parents and Carers
Guidance for parents and carers on keeping children safe in community activities, after school clubs, tuition, and sports training
Who is the safeguarding guidance for?
Organisations and individuals
The guidance is for organisations or individuals who generally provide tuition, training, instruction or activities outside normal school hours (for example, evenings, weekends, school holidays).
Organisations or individuals who provide:
- Instruction or activities to children in England without their parents' or carers supervision.
Please see Department for Education Keeping Children Safe in Community Activities, After School Clubs and Tuition non-statutory code of practice here
These settings can occur in many kinds of venue, from a person's home to much larger and more formal places such as community centre and youth centres, sports clubs and places of worship. Fees may or may not be charged and some settings may operate a commercial basis.
The following are typical of types of settings, though this is not a complete list:
- Tuition or learning centres, (which may be used to support mainstream or home education) for example:
- in term-time
- holiday courses
- English and mathematics skills
- exam preparation (e.g. SATs, GCSE, A-level)
- Extracurricular clubs or settings, for example:
- ballet classes
- gymnastic training
- sports tuition
- instrumental music tuition
- martial arts training
- drama classes
- Uniformed Sports clubs or settings, for example:
- Open access youth providers, for example:
- centre based and detached youth work
- Supplementary schools or what are sometimes called complementary schools for example:
- those offering support or education in addition to the mainstream
- or core learning and which operate after school hours or at the weekend
- Private languages schools, including those for children coming from aboard
- Religious settings offering education in their own faith, culture, or religious texts or preparation for rites, of passage for example:
- Jewish yeshivas and chedarim
- Muslim madrassahs
- Hindu settings
- Sikh settings
- Christian Sunday schools
Most settings/activities are safe places which provide fun, educational activities and classes for children of all ages. However, as a parent or carer, you will want to be reassured that your child is safe while they are not in your care.
Please see Department for Education Keeping Children Safe non-statutory code of practice here
Department for Education Guidance: Online Safety
- DfE Guidance: Support for parents and cares to keep children safe online
- Thinkuknow by the National Crime Agency - Child Exploitation and Online Protection command (NCA-CEOP) - resources for parents and carers and children of all ages to help keep children safe online
- Childnet has developed guidance for parents and carers to begin a conversation about online safety, as well as guidance on keeping under-fives safe online
- Parent Info is a collaboration between Parent Zone and NCA-CEOP - support and guidance for parents and carers related to the digital world from leading experts and organisations
- National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) - guidance for parents and carers to help keep children safe online
- UK Safer Internet Centre - tips and advice for parents and carers to keep children safe online - you can also report any harmful content found online through the UK Safer Internet Centre
- Inclusive Digital Safety Hub and Online Safety Hub, created by South West Grid for Learning in partnership with Internet Matters - support and tailored advice for young people with additional learning needs and their parents or carers
- Parents’ Guide to Age Ratings explains how the British Board of Film Classification rates content, and gives parents advice on choosing online content well
Education Against Hate - Parents' Hub
Educate Against Hate Parents’ Hub provides resources and government advice for parents and carers on keeping young people safe from extremism.
UK Safer Internet Centre
UK Safer Internet Centre has guides on the privacy settings, parental controls and internet safety features of the major internet service providers.
Parent Zone works with Prevent to provide digital safety advice for parents.
Thinkuknow provides resources for parents and carers to help keep children safe online.
Childnet - Guidance for parents and carers
Parent Info provides digital support and guidance for parents and carers from leading experts and organisations
NSPCC guidance for parents and carers
NSPCC guidance for parents and carers is designed to help keep children safe online.
NSPCC Your guide to social networks, apps and gaming
NSPCC Net Aware website, produced in collaboration with O2, provides specific safety information on popular apps and websites.
Childline can provide advice and support if your child is worried, from dialling 0800 1111 or downloading the ‘For Me’ app.
Report your concerns
Online Prevent Referral form (Newcastle)
If you wish to make an immediate Prevent Referral, please go to the following link Prevent Referral Form and select the ‘continue’ button
Newcastle Prevent Team
If you're worried about someone being drawn into extremism or terrorism or you are unsure what to do, you can contact the council’s Prevent Coordinator in the Community Safety Team on 0191 277 2072 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
In an emergency where your own or others' safety is at risk call 999 or 101 in non-emergency.
If you are concerned about a person may do something to harm themselves and/or other people, you can call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321
Report online material promoting terrorism or extremism
You can report any illegal terrorist information, pictures, videos found on the internet through the Government's website: https://www.gov.uk/report-terrorism
National and local documents
Education (Department of Education)
The Prevent 7 Minute Briefing is a short, useful document that you can download and share with colleagues or print and keep as a quick reference guide regarding Prevent in Newcastle.
It includes information on what Prevent is, how it works and who to contact in Newcastle if you have a concern.
Please contact the council’s Prevent Coordinator in the Community Safety Team on 0191 277 2072 or 0771 0845 366 or email email@example.com
Online learning (free)
Prevent Awareness eLearning
E-learning training on Prevent - Home Office
This offers an introduction to the Prevent duty, and explain show it aims to safeguard vulnerable people from being radicalised to supporting terrorism or becoming terrorist themselves.
Channel Awareness eLearning
E-Learning Channel Awareness - Home Office
This course will help you understand the objectives of the programme, working process and roles and responsibilities. Also, it will share key learnings and best practice.
Prevent Referrals eLearning
E-Learning Prevent Referrals - Home Office
This training requires a basic understanding of Prevent and the Notice Check Share procedure, which is applied when there is a concern, proportionate response to that.
Action Counter Terrorism (ACT) awareness eLearning
ACT Awareness eLearning - National Counter Terrorism Security Office
This training is devised by Counter Terrorism (CT) officers and security experts. ACT awareness eLearning will provide you with a nationally recognised corporate CT guidance to help people better understand, and mitigate against, current terrorist methodology.
For further information, please contact the Prevent Team:
Joe Hogan, Prevent Coordinator Tel: 0771 0845366
Gail Forbes, Prevent Education Officer Tel: 07817 549 718