Preventing radicalisation


Preventing radicalisation is recognised as a 'safeguarding' issue and will be treated in the same way as other safeguarding processes designed to protect vulnerable people from harm or abuse.

Peterborough is a safe city and the risk of a terrorist incident is very low. The vast majority of people, in all communities, need no convincing that terrorism is wrong and want to see it prevented. People from all communities want to play their part in helping to make that happen. We all have a role in ensuring that our communities are kept safe and that individuals who may be at risk of radicalisation can be provided with the help and support they need.


Channel is a voluntary, confidential programme which safeguards people identified as vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism. It is a multi-agency process, involving partners from the local authority, the police, education, health providers and others.

Channel has been operating successfully in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire for a number of years.

The support that is offered is tailored for each case and could consist of any of the following:

  • help with family problems
  • mental health support
  • mentoring
  • religious support

Find out more about the Channel Programme.


Prevent is one of the four core elements of the Government’s CONTEST strategy for countering terrorism. The other three elements are Prepare, Pursue and Protect.

Prevent is not about catching terrorists, it is about identifying people who are, or may be at risk of radicalisation, and supporting them to change direction in a way that will help them.

The purpose of Prevent is to enlist the support of people in our communities to reach the much smaller minority who may be drawn into terrorism, often through extremist views.

The Prevent strategy has three main objectives:

  • Ideology - to respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it.
  • Individuals -  to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support.
  • Institutions - to work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to address.  

Find out more about the Prevent Programme.

Where to go for help

If you are concerned about anyone who might be at risk of becoming radicalised then you should speak to the police on 101.

In an emergency, or to report a suspected terrorist incident, call the Police on 999.

For more information on how to access support and advice to combat radicalisation visit the Let's Talk About It website.