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Keeping Children Safe in Cheshire East

Prevent and Channel Referral Process

The 'Prevent Duty’ established under the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 requires responsible authorities to 'have due regard to the need to prevent individuals from being drawn into terrorism in the exercise of their duties'. This includes those working with children and young people as well as those working with adults.

This duty includes ensuring that those working with children, young people and adults:

  • are trained to understand the risk of terrorism in the local area
  • able to identify when an individual is at risk of radicalisation
  • know what to do once that risk is identified by making a referral through the Prevent/ Channel process.

Making a referral 

If there is a reason to believe that a child, young person or an adult associates with those known to be involved in extremism either because they associate directly with known individuals or because they frequent key locations, including online material, where these individuals are known to operate, there is a need to refer to the Prevent Referral Portal.

From 9 November 2020 the PREVENT referral form will be available in an electronic format and can be accessed on the Safeguarding Adults Board website at

Staff should no longer complete in paper form.

Once the electronic form has been completed, you will be prompted to email the completed form to PREVENT Police as well.  Please ensure that this is sent securely and marked OFFICIAL SENSITIVE. If protective marking is not used it should be sent via EGRESS

Keeping Children Safe in Cheshire East