Radicalisation and preventing terrorism

ACT Early

ACT Early provides practical help and guidance for those concerned about a loved one who may be vulnerable to extremism or terrorism.

Visit the ACT Early website at www.actearly.uk
Email: prevent@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk


Channel is a partnership approach to identify and safeguard individuals who may be vulnerable to being radicalised and drawn into terrorist activity. The process is a key strand of the Government’s Prevent Strategy.

Building on existing partnership structures, Channel works in a similar way to other safeguarding processes that support individuals at risk from involvement in gangs, drugs and knife crime. By safeguarding those most at risk of being drawn into terrorism they can be diverted away from any potential threat at an early stage.

Partnership and community involvement are vital to Channel ensuring that people most at risk are given support at an early stage. Partners include:

  • Local authorities
  • Education
  • Health
  • Probation
  • Youth offending teams and prisons
  • Police and other emergency services
  • UK Border Agency
  • Community and Voluntary Services
  • Local communities

Through the Channel process partners are able to work together to assess the nature and extent of the risk and, where necessary, provide an appropriate support package tailored to the individual’s needs. A multi-agency panel, chaired by the local authority, decides on the most appropriate action to safeguard an individual and this is monitored closely and reviewed regularly.

The support provided will vary according to the nature and extent of the risk that has been identified by the multi-agency panel and may include targeted support (including faith guidance, counselling and mentoring or diversionary activities) or by providing access to specific services such as health or education.

Read the guidance for partner agencies on the Channel process 

Contact Adele Norman at adele.norman@luton.gcsx.gov.uk for more information about Channel.


The Department for Education has a helpline for anyone concerned about a child who may be at risk of extremism, or about extremism within an organisation working with children and young people.

Email: counter.extremism@education.gsi.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 7340 7264.

It has also issued guidance to schools and childcare providers to help them keep children safe from the risk of radicalisation and extremism.

Further information