Essex Prevent Safeguarding Arrangements

Prevent is the multi-agency set of arrangements aimed at preventing individuals and groups from engaging in violent extremism. Prevent is not aimed at suppressing freedom of thought and expression.

Early indicators of extremism may include:

  • Showing sympathy for extremist causes
  • Glorifying violence
  • Evidence of possessing illegal or extremist literature
  • Advocating messages similar to illegal organisations such as ‘Muslims Against Crusades’ or other non-proscribed extremist groups such as the English Defence league
  • Out of character changes in dress, behaviour and peer relationships

(reproduced from Tower Hamlets LSCB Prevent guidance 2015)

The Essex Channel Panel

The Channel Panel is the multi-agency mechanism that oversees and co-ordinates Prevent interventions in Essex. The panel has a statutory basis: under the terms of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015, local authorities must:

  • Ensure a multi-agency panel exists and chair the panel
  • Use the panel to develop a support plan for accepted cases and signpost to other support where cases are not accepted
  • Ensure consent is sought prior to support being provided
  • Co-operate with other panel partners

(South East Counter Terrorism Unit 2015)

The Channel Panel will meet on a six weekly basis. Permanent members will include senior managers from Adult and Family Operations, and Essex Police Prevent team. Other agencies will be invited depending on need. Further guidance on the Channel Panel.

Potential referrals should be discussed with your organisations Prevent Champion, who will advise whether they should be referred to Channel. A referral form should be completed and returned to Essex Police (prevent@essex.pnn.police.uk). Referrals will be considered at the next available meeting.

Essex Prevent Multi-Agency Group

The Essex Prevent Multi-Agency Group provides strategic oversight, direction and co-ordination of the activities that deliver Prevent work. The Essex Prevent Multi-Agency group meets quarterly and is comprised of representatives of all key agencies charged with delivering Prevent in Essex. The Group is currently chaired by the ECC Head of Adult Safeguarding. Board members include: Essex Police Prevent team, an ECC Family Operations Safeguarding Lead, the ECC Schools Safeguarding Advisor, community safety representatives from all district and borough councils, probation and the Youth Offending Team.

STOP Campaign

The STOP Button Campaign is a government site to report online extremist content.

Tackling extremist material is important to protect the public and prevent offences that incite or promote terrorism and extremism.

The Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit put considerable effort into removing terrorist and extremist material. 

However, this campaign is keen to highlight how Police depend on information from the public in their efforts to keep us all safe. 

The internet and social media provides many opportunities for those with extreme views to target young or vulnerable individuals. Anyone with concerns about online content, is being urged to report it by clicking the STOP Terrorists’ & Extremists’ Online button on the right.

From there, reports can be made anonymously about any online material promoting terrorism or extremism, including illegal or harmful information, pictures or videos found on the internet. 

Reporting Concerns

Any worker who believes a crime is being committed, or planned, or is aware of any terrorist activity, should contact Essex Police Prevent team without delay. Other referrals should be made to the or Social Care Direct using the current processes.

Adults should be involved in discussion about any extremism concerns at the earliest point possible unless this would increase risk to a vulnerable person.

Home Office 
Report Terrorism

Action Counters Terrorism

If you have any information about suspicious activity or behaviour, you can report it in confidence, either by calling the police or making an online report.

Report concerns about suspicious activity - poster and leaflet

Report concerns about online content - poster and leaflet

PREVENT Policy and Guidance (SET) 

A guide for local partnerships and agencies in Southend, Essex and Thurrock in preventing radicalisation.