Prevent Toolkit For Police Communicators
The widespread coverage of coronavirus has included warnings from charities and police around the online harms risk, although this has centred on children spending more time at home online, increasing the risk of online child exploitation, we cannot discount the risk of online radicalisation.
As young people have less daily support from teachers and safeguarding professionals it is important to reach out to families and friends to ensure they are aware of the dangers and how to access help.
The Let’s Talk About It [LTAI] website is the main website for agencies to signpost to for more information about radicalisation, what to look out for and how to reach out for help. This is where the Department for Education have directed those who may have radicalisation concerns. This website has been updated to reflect potential increased risks during Covid19 and will be updated again to reflect any further changes in the risk over the coming weeks.
Below is suggested content that can be included in your general online safety digital content. The assets are for embedding in digital content with wrap around signposting to LTAI. This toolkit will be updated in the coming weeks so please check content before using.
“In my view the Government’s most important pillar of Contest is Prevent and we all need to talk much more about it.” Neil Basu, NPCC lead for Counter Terrorism Policing.
Since the Prevent Strategy was introduced in 2006 the UK Police Service has played a vital role in stopping people getting drawn into terrorism and violent extremism by helping to support the vulnerable. This unique contribution has been essential in boosting the UK’s ability to counter the threat posed by terrorists, whilst at the same time helping build stronger and safer neighbourhoods.
Our work under Prevent builds on existing strong relationships between police and professionals involved in other safeguarding work such as sexual abuse, neglect and other risks.
More recently, we have begun work to encourage business leaders to understand the objectives and importance of Prevent, and how they can contribute.
Our statistics demonstrate that our work under Prevent covers all communities and all forms of extremist activity, including extreme right wing behaviour.
COVID-19 PREVENT NARRATIVE
- We have seen a significant decline in Prevent referrals since the lockdown was introduced. This is primarily a result of schools and other statutory services such as social care and mental health provision being impacted, but it will also be partially down to the fact that most people’s attention has, understandably, been focussed on the pandemic.
- Despite that reduction in referrals, we know that the threat is not going away. In fact, it is likely that the risk of radicalisation has increased for a small number of vulnerable people, as the pandemic is driving young people to spend more time online and is exacerbating grievances which make people more vulnerable to radicalisation – such as financial insecurity or social alienation.
- With the removal of the safety net of schools, colleges and social workers, we need parents, friends and family to be aware of what young or vulnerable people in their care are looking at online – and most importantly what they can do to help.
- Terrorists and radicalisers will always look for opportunities to exploit in support of their ideology, and Covid-19 is no exception. We have evidence they are adapting their narratives and methods, using the fear created by the pandemic to spread propaganda, misinformation and other content designed to create discord and distrust within communities.
- That combination of a reduction in the protection and support offered to vulnerable people, and terrorists exploiting this global pandemic is creating an environment where a small number of vulnerable people are more likely to be drawn towards terrorist activity.
- Counter Terrorism Policing has adapted at pace so we can continue to keep people safe from the terrorist threat. We are embracing new ways of working, new technology and maintaining essential services to ensure that we are evolving to meet this change in risk and threat head-on.
- We know huge numbers of people across the country are going through incredibly challenging times right now, but some families have additional concerns that the unique circumstances of this lockdown are negatively affecting the young and vulnerable members of their household and making them more susceptible to online grooming.
- I want to say to those families that if you are worried that someone in your household could be vulnerable to radicalisation that there is help and advice out there. From schools via the Safeguarding Officers, to specialist charities and also the police.
- If you have concerns about someone, we are here to help. Visit the Let’s Talk About It website for more information. If you have an immediate concern you want to share with a trained professional who will treat your enquiry with understanding and discretion, call police on 101.
Social Media Messaging
#Prevent | Online platforms allow us to socialise and have fun. Unfortunately, they can also be used to exploit vulnerable people. If you are worried someone you care about is being groomed towards violent extremism please seek advice [LINK TO LTAI]
#Prevent | Online platforms can be a fun world. Unfortunately, they can also be used to exploit vulnerable people. If you are worried that one of your friends or family is showing signs of radicalisation seek advice or call police on 101. [LINK TO LTAI]
#Prevent | Online platforms can be a door to the rest of the world. Unfortunately, they can also be used to exploit vulnerable people. If you are worried that one of your friends or family is showing signs of radicalisation seek advice. [LINK TO LTAI]
If you are worried about someone developing extremist views, visit the ‘Let’s Talk About It’ website for help and advice. #Prevent
The best way to tackle terrorism is to stop people being drawn into violent, extremist activity in the first place.
If you think someone you know is at risk, visit the Let’s Talk About It website. #Prevent
#Prevent is a programme which brings together experts and aims to stop individuals being drawn into violent, extremist activity.
Channel is part of the Government’s Prevent programme. It brings together experts, to identify and provide support to individuals who are at risk of being drawn into terrorism. #Prevent
Police are keen to increase public understanding of #Prevent and build confidence to encourage more people to come forward and safeguard their loved ones. If you are worried about someone and would like more information visit the Let’s Talk About It website.
Follow us @TerrorismPolice
You can find out more about the work of the police in Prevent on CT Net