Prevent is the Government’s strategy to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism, in all its forms, by acting early to challenge extremist and terrorist ideologies and behaviours.
Reading Borough Council runs a multi-agency Prevent partnership to help all agencies work together on Prevent, including assessing risk in the local area, training, awareness raising and providing intervention and support to individuals at risk of being influenced or ‘groomed’ into terrorism.
There is no single profile of a person likely to become drawn into extremist and terrorist ideologies and behaviours but signs could be:
If emergency services are required, call 999. Take responsible steps to ensure that there is no immediate danger.
The internet and social media provides many opportunities for those with extreme views to target young or vulnerable individuals, to learn more about internet safety look to the Online safety web page.
Complaints about the Prevent or Channel in Reading should be directed to the Chief Executive, Reading Borough Council using the make a complaint form. An appropriate course of action will be then be decided and will follow the corporate complaints procedure.
The action undertaken will depend on the subject matter of the complaint; issues of administrative fault will be considered separately from complaints of disagreement or ideological/religious divergence.
Reading Borough Council will lead and co-ordinate the complaint response. It will also be responsible for answering complaints relating to procedure.
If the complaint refers exclusively to a single partner agency, or the personnel of a single agency, it will be reviewed under their organisation’s complaints procedure.
If the complaint concerns safeguarding issues, it will be dealt with by the local authority’s safeguarding complaints procedure.
If the complaint alleges harassment, it will be cross-referred to the harassment procedure.