Prevent Toolkit For Police Communicators
The widespread coverage of coronavirus has included warnings from charities and police around the online harms risk, one of those risks highlighted is the risk of radicalisation.
CT Policing Prevent officers have been working with teachers and safeguarding professionals in recent months to reach out to families and friends to increase the understanding 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.
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.
Prevent is a programme which brings together experts and aims to stop individuals being drawn into violent, extremist activity.
“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. Prevent is no different to other areas of safeguarding. In the same way officers are involved in stopping people from being victims of sexual abuse or neglect, they also want to protect them and to divert them away from radicalisation without criminalising them. Our work under Prevent builds on existing strong relationships between police and other professionals to help keep the vulnerable safe.
The Prevent programme works to offer bespoke support to those at risk.
Last year more than 5,000 individuals were referred to Prevent across the country. They receive support that is tailored to their specific situations. Professionals from different services, including from local authorities, health, mental health and the police are involved in agreeing how best to support them.
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 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 people, young and old, 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. They adapt their narratives and methods, using fear created to spread propaganda, misinformation and other content designed to create discord and distrust within communities.
- 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 vulnerable members of their household and making them more susceptible to online grooming.
- If you are worried that someone could be vulnerable to radicalisation 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 is a programme which aims to stop individuals being drawn down the wrong path. If you’re worried about someone, help is available.
Channel is part of the Government’s Prevent programme. It brings together experts, to provide support to individuals who are at risk of being drawn into terrorism. #Prevent
#Prevent is a programme which brings together experts from many sectors including health and education, to provide support to those at risk of being drawn into terrorism.
#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
The Home Office last month released a new film showing the work of Prevent, the programme which aims to safeguard people from being drawn into terrorism. Click here to go to the video.
Prevent is the early intervention part of the Government’s Counter-Terrorism Strategy (CONTEST). By tackling the causes of radicalisation and engaging with individuals who are vulnerable to terrorist influences, Prevent aims to safeguard people in a similar way to how other programmes protect people from substance abuse, gangs and sexual exploitation.
The film forms part of a series for social media explaining how Prevent works, including how to get support for friends and family and how it tackles the threat from the extreme right. If you want to do more than share the YouTube link, the Home Office has also been using shorter clips from the film on Twitter. Click here for a video that explains how to embed the shorter HO videos into a tweet, allowing you to add your own copy as an alternative to quote RT or RTing, which is also an option.
Please also feel free to share the videos from Groundswell. These can be used by RPC’s for community engagement events.
East Midlands Special Operations Unit will be sharing new assets each week.
Prevent officers are calling on parents, friends and family to pay particular attention to what young or vulnerable people in their care are looking at online, due to an increased risk of being drawn into violent extremism or terrorism brought about as a result of certain measures currently in place to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. Anyone with worries or concerns should visit the dedicated ‘Let’s Talk About It” website (www.ltai.info). Here you will find advice and guidance on what signs to look out for, what to do and where you can go for help. If you think somebody is being or is at particular risk from being drawn into violent extremism or terrorism, don’t be afraid to ACT (www.gov.uk/ACT), we are here to help #Prevent.
Channel is part of the #Prevent programme & brings together experts to identify and provide support to individuals who are at risk of being drawn into terrorism. For more info go to https://www.ltai.info/ Follow @TerrorismPolice
“#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 or terrorism, please seek advice www.ltai.info
Free training is available at www.ct.highfieldelearning.com. As many of these volunteers are involved in business there is also a new ACT training app available from Google Play or App store for business. It provides practical advice and guidance to help protect business and how to respond in an attack, it also includes a suite of eLearning packages and guidance videos. This in conjunction with the Let’s talk about it Prevent website www.ltai.info which incorporates videos and awareness raising tools, we will provide users with everything they would need to know to echo our message and/or support their own workforce / community.
You can find out more about the work of the police in Prevent on CT Net