The Prevent Duty - preventing extremism
4. Make a referral
If you are concerned that someone is vulnerable to radicalisation you have a duty to refer them to the Channel programme. Channel provides support at an early stage to people who are identified as being vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism.
Children must not be referred to Channel unless there is very clear evidence that they are being radicalised or are developing an ideology, and there is clearly no alternative or more proportionate means of dealing with the issue. Referring very young people has rightly been a source of community concern and risks undermining the credibility of the Channel programme as a whole.
Association with any non-prescribed organisation is not in itself sufficient to justify a referral. It would require additional behaviours that suggests that they are moving towards terrorism rather than just associating or being attracted to a group that manifests extreme ideologies.
See the Prevent Toolkit for Schools and Childcare Providers for some areas to guide you in considering the engagement, intent and capability of the young person prior to making a referral.
All Prevent referrals should be made through the Single Point of Advice (SPOA)