What is Radicalisation?

Radicalisation is the process by which someone comes to support extreme ideologies. In this context we refer to extremism that is harmful and hateful. This can sometimes be the precursor to terrorism which involves serious criminal acts for advancing a political, religious or ideological cause.  Extremism and radicalisation can have a devastating effect on individuals, families and communities.  Helping to protect people from extremist influences is an important part of our overall safeguarding role.   

What is Prevent?

Prevent is safeguarding in the same way that we safeguard people from, neglect, sexual exploitation, county lines, gangs etc.  It’s the responsibility of all of us to play our part in safeguarding people from harm.   Prevent helps to protect people at risk of being groomed and exploited by harmful extremists which could lead to them harming themselves or others.   It is one of the four work strands in the Government’s Counter Terrorism Strategy. 

There’s no single profile of someone at risk but some people can be more vulnerable to being exploited and you can spot worrying behaviour at an early stage and help the person to get the support they need to move away from harmful extremism.

Prevent in Bolton

Bolton takes a proportionate response to Prevent as part of its overall cohesion work.  In Bolton we pride ourselves on a long tradition of strong and resilient communities, good relationships and positive partnerships.  However there are some individuals and groups that might advocate or promote harmful extreme views including for example, hatred, divisions and the use of violence.   There are many varied ideologies that motivate people and groups, and we take a balanced approach acknowledging the right to free speech, human rights and equality.

What is Channel?

Channel is one part of Prevent.   It is an early intervention multi-agency safeguarding scheme that supports people who are at risk.   Channel provides practical help tailored to individual needs. Consent from the individual (or parents and guardians in the case of children)) must be given before any Channel support is put in place.  The process is a voluntary agreement.

The many testimonials of people that have participated in Channel show a high level of professional care, successful safeguarding and positive transformation of lives.

How do I make a referral for someone that I am concerned about?

You can make a referral to Prevent.   If you raise a concern, you will not be wasting time and you won’t ruin lives, but you might save them.

The process for Bolton referrals is:

  • NOTICE: Person vulnerable Identified
  • Person in immediate danger or immediate risk to public - PHONE POLICE
  • CHECK: If no immediate danger or risk: Discuss with team manager/designated safeguarding lead (DSL) or Channel single point of contact (SPOC) for your service or organisation.
  • SHARE: If you decide to make a referral then use the Bolton Prevent referral form and send to the following email addresses: channel.project@gmp.police.ukgmchannel@manchester.gov.uk
  • It is important that you put as much information into the referral form as possible so that it can be fully assessed. 
  • For advice/guidance about concerns you can also contact Channel Police: channel.project@gmp.police.uk, 0161 8561013 or The GM Channel team on Tel: 0161 227 3543 or Mobile: 07971385238
  • Alternatively, people can visit Counter Terrorism Policing’s safeguarding website, https://actearly.uk/  ACT Early or call the national police Prevent advice line on 0800 011 3764 to discuss their concerns.

Bolton Prevent Referral

Bolton Prevent - Referral Form

Contacts and further resources

Contact Prevent at community.safety.services@bolton.gov.uk

We have a comprehensive list of information sources and resources available on request from the above email address as well as training plan that maps Prevent training requirements according to different roles and responsibilities.

Key contacts and resources

Act Early

Act Early

CT Policing safeguarding website www.actearly.uk aimed at family and friends to encourage them to share concerns that a friend or loved one might be vulnerable to radicalisation.

Are you worried that someone you care about is at risk of radicalisation, but not sure what to do?  #ActEarly and find out what support is available.

Home Office Online Prevent Training Modules

Explains the radicalisation process and how practitioners can identify vulnerabilities.

Prevent awareness eLearning

Explains the radicalisation process and how practitioners can identify vulnerabilities.

Prevent Referrals

The training is for anyone who has been through the Prevent awareness eLearning or a Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP), and so already has an understanding of Prevent and of their role in safeguarding vulnerable people. 

The training follows on from the Prevent awareness training.

Channel Awareness

This training package is for anyone who may be asked to contribute to, sit on, or even run a Channel Panel. It is aimed at all levels.

Government Prevent Duty Guidance

Government Channel Guidance

Banned Groups


Resources to help young people talk about radicalisation

  • Thinkuknow - home - The education program by The National Crime Agency designed to keep young people safe both on and offline