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Prevent violent extremism

Make a Prevent referral

If you believe someone is being drawn into or supporting terrorism call the below numbers and make it clear that you wish to make a Prevent referral. 

Your concerns must be based on an individual's vulnerability to radicalisation and should not be on a person's religion or ethnic origin.

Children 0191 433 2653

Adults 0191 433 7033

National Terrorism hotline 0800 789 321 and, in an emergency, always dial 999.

For more advice call our Community Safety Team, 0191 433 2701 or email

After making a referral

This video explains what happens once you make a referral

Channel Panel

In partnership with Northumbria Police, we'll carry out a vulnerability assessment. The assessment looks at three key criteria. 

Is someone:

  • engaged with an extremist group, cause or ideology?
  • intent on causing harm by violent/other illegal means?
  • capable of contributing indirectly or directly to acts of terrorism?

Based on the outcome of the assessment, a decision will then be made on whether the case:

  • needs to be escalated to the Channel Panel for further discussion
  • referred to another agency for support
  • closed all together.

If the case goes to the Channel Panel a suitable support package for the individual will be developed. Members of the panel include professionals with safeguarding experience from a variety of organisations and services. 

The support offered could include:

  • counselling
  • mentoring
  • training 
  • accessing employment or education.


Participation in Channel is voluntary. It requires consent from the individual (or their parent or guardian in the case of anyone under 18) in advance of support and intervention being offered. 

Gateshead Prevent Strategy 

The Gateshead Prevent Strategy is awaiting approval by the Community Safety Board but will include more information about:

  • Contest and Prevent
  • Local Management of Prevent
  • Training
  • Counter Terrorism Local Profile
  • Channel Panel

Prevent training

We provide free training for our employees and partners.

Find out how to apply and get details of training sessions arranged for Preventing Violent Extremism

Free Prevent online training (opens new window) is also available from the Home Office. 

Advice for parents and carers

Prevent guidance for parents and carers (PDF) [47KB]
Educate against hate - resources for parents  (opens new window)
Advice and support for parents, children and teachers affected by terrorism (opens new window)


The Government published the National Prevent Strategy 2011 (PDF) [697KB] and is part of the UK Counter-Terrorism Strategy (opens new window). The aim is to stop people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism by focusing on these three objectives: 

  • tackling the causes of radicalisation and responding to the ideological challenge of terrorism
  • safeguarding and supporting those most at risk of radicalisation through early intervention, identifying them and offering support
  • enabling those who have already engaged in terrorism to disengage and rehabilitate

The Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (opens new window) means we, as a council, have a statutory duty and due regard to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. 

Authorities outlined within this duty include:

  • local authorities 
  • police
  • schools
  • further and higher education 
  • health
  • prisons 
  • probation

The Prevent Duty Guidance (opens new window) ensures we have a consistent approach to delivery across the UK. It works in a similar way to programmes designed to safeguard people from gangs, drug abuse, and physical and sexual abuse.