Preventing young people being drawn into extremism

In a similar way to Child Protection, Channel is a multi-agency safeguarding programme run in every Local Authority in England and Wales. It works to support vulnerable people from being drawn into terrorism and provides a range of interventions such as mentoring, counselling and many other measures according to individual circumstances. Channel is about early intervention to protect vulnerable people from being drawn into committing terrorist-related activity and addresses all types of extremism. It is important to note that participation in Channel is voluntary. It is up to an individual, or their parents for children aged 17 and under, to decide whether to take up the support it offers. Channel does not lead to a criminal record.

The Local Channel Panel Chair is Karen Johnson, Assistant Director, Communities. Meetings are held according to demand to ensure a swift, co-ordinated response. If you have any concerns about someone and would like more advice please contact Rachael Long, Crime and Community Safety Theme Manager, DMBC, 01302 737469 or email

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