Making a referral

Hull operates a dual referral pathway. This means that completed referrals come into Counter Terrorism Policing North East and Hull City Council. While the Police are duty bound to assess the Prevent referral the Local Authority can check to identify any early support needs. The Local Authority can work with Police to support the process and ensure the best outcome for the individual.

You can access the Prevent referral form for Hull below.

Prevent referral (opens in a new window)

If your concerns relates to a person under 18 years of age also email -

Prevent seeks to intervene early. It aims to stop people susceptible to radicalisation becoming involved in terrorist activity. Where someone is concerned a person may be susceptible to radicalisation it is right that they refer them to the necessary authorities. A Prevent referral does not amount to an accusation of criminality.

It allows for a multi-agency assessment to be conducted and support to be provided. This is to help divert people from engaging in harmful activity. Through this referral, the person will be able to receive the vital support they need.

All referrals to Prevent are assessed based on the specific details of the case. If a person is found to not be at risk of radicalisation, the case is immediately closed to Prevent. They may be referred to other appropriate services, or no further action may be taken.

Anyone can make a Prevent referral, professional, family member or member of the public. It is very important that when making a referral you try to provide as much detail as possible to support the assessment process.

This video provides a best practice guide to those completing Prevent referrals.

When dealing with an individual who you suspect may be susceptible to radicalisation there is a proven 3-step safeguarding method. This procedure is used for assessing and handling concerns in relation to radicalisation - ‘Notice, Check and Share’.

  • notice the change in behaviour, use of language or other Prevent related concerns
  • check your concern with the individual if safe to do so, or other responsible person, if appropriate, to gather more context or your line manager if needed
  • share your concerns with us by following your organisations Prevent referral process. Submit as much detail as possible taking note of the prompts on the referral form to allow us to make an accurate assessment

You can also call the National ACT Early Support Line on 0800 011 3764, in confidence, to share your concerns with specially trained officers.

For further advice and support locally for Prevent referrals contact

Channel Panel

Channel is a multi-agency approach to identify and provide support to individuals who are susceptible to radicalisation. It focuses on all forms of extremism and adopts an early intervention and prevention approach.

Channel uses existing collaboration between local authorities, statutory partners, for example, Adult and Children’s Services, Education, Health, Department for Work and Pensions, Police and the Probation, Service to -

  • identify individuals at risk of being drawn into terrorism
  • assess the nature and extent of that risk
  • develop a tailored support plan for the individuals concerned

Channel is for anyone who is vulnerable to being drawn into any form of terrorism, radicalisation or extremism. It aims to provide support before they are exploited or led into embracing terrorism or becoming involved in criminal terrorist related activity.

Legislation requires -

  • local authorities to ensure that a multi-agency panel exists in their area
  • the local authority to chair the panel
  • the panel to develop support plans for individuals accepted as Channel cases
  • the panel to consider alternative forms of support where Channel is not appropriate
  • all partners of a panel to co-operate with the police and the panel in the carrying out of their functions

Channel is a voluntary process and individuals referred will need to give their consent before any support can be put in place.