Counter terrorism local stategy

Counter terrorism local stategy

The Counter Terrorism Co-ordinating Group is about stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. If you are concerned about someone being drawn into terrorism, please get in touch:  

Ian Billham
Strategic Community Safety Manager
Tel: 01670 623731
Email: Ian.Billham@northumberland.gov.uk
 

What we do

The ‘prevent’ strategy is a key part of Contest, the government’s counter-terrorism strategy. We work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. This includes:
  • disrupting extremist speakers
  • removing material online
  • intervening to stop people being radicalised

Statutory Duty

The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 highlights the statutory duty on ‘specified bodies’ including local authorities, schools (academies and independent schools, further and higher education colleges), health, penal bodies and the police to pay due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. This is ‘the prevent duty’, which became law on 1 July 2015. 

Key issues in Northumberland 

The ‘prevent duty’ adopts a risk based approach, focusing on collaboratively working in the early detection of vulnerable people at risk of radicalisation. This includes identifying the pathways to radicalisation and working together to identify, detect and prevent extremism throughout our communities. Northumberland County Council is required to demonstrate three themes:
  • effective leadership
  • working in partnership
  • having appropriate capabilities

Channel programme

Northumberland County Council will establish panels to assess how vulnerable identified people are to being drawn into terrorism. These panels will be chaired by local authorities and must include the local chief of police.

Section 38 of the Act states ‘partners’ must cooperate with the panels.

Partners are mainly the specified bodies; however both sixth-form and further education colleges eligible for state funding are mentioned specifically along with neighbouring local authorities. 

Aims and objectives

If necessary, partners are required to share information on individuals with the panels. However, not if it means contravening the Data Protection Act or if it would result in disclosure of information obtained through, about or held by the intelligence services. Therefore Northumberland County Council must:
  • ensure support plans are in place for accepted Channel cases
  • consider alternative forms of support, including health and social care in cases where Channel is not appropriate
  • ensure all partners cooperate with the police and the panel as far as appropriate and reasonably practicable

Objectives:

  • Local authorities should ensure publicly-owned premises are not used to broadcast extremist views.
  • School frontline staff should understand their prevent duty, be able to recognise vulnerability to radicalisation and know where to seek help.
  • Universities should have policies and procedures in place for the management of events on campus and the use of all university premises, applying to all staff, students and visitors.
  • Police should support individuals vulnerable to radicalisation through the Channel programme if appropriate and supporting partner organisations to deliver ‘prevent’ work.
  • Prisons should offer support to individuals vulnerable to radicalisation, and move them away from an individual of concern. Those who are at risk of radicalising others should face removal of privileges and segregation from others.

Partners involved

  • Safer Northumberland Partnership
  • police and crime commissioner
  • safe reporting centres
  • voluntary sectors

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