Once a referral has been made and it meets the Channel criteria, the Police will carry out the below process with the support of multi-agency partners working to the relevant Local Authority Lead. This process takes place in order to identify the level of risk and provide an appropriate support plan where necessary.

You can find more information about Channel on the ACT Early website.

Further information gathering with referrer and other key agencies that the individual is involved with.  Aim is to establish the following:

  • Are there shared concerns?
  • Is there a vulnerability to radicalisation?

If there is deemed to be a risk, then a multiagency Channel Panel meeting is arranged. This will be chaired by the Local Authority Channel Lead and attended by relevant multiagency representatives.

If there is deemed to be no risk or the risk does not meet Channel threshold then consideration is given to signposting to safeguarding/other processes as appropriate.

The Channel Panel reviews the case and decides whether or not it is appropriate to adopt the case into Channel.

If the decision is taken to adopt the case then the Channel Panel will explore support options and liaise with the referred individual (or the referred individual’s parent/carer if under 18) to gain consent.

If the decision is taken not to adopt the case into Channel then consideration may be given to signposting to safeguarding or other processes as appropriate (e.g. Early Help).

If consent is gained then a plan is agreed by the Channel Panel and support/interventions are offered. The individual will exit the Channel process when all panel members feel that the vulnerability to radicalisation has been completely removed or significantly lessened. Where appropriate regular updates will be provided to relevant family members throughout.