|Terrorism is an action or threat designed to influence the government or intimidate the public. In the UK it I defined as a violent action that:
*Endangers a persons life
*Involves serious violence against a person
*Causes serious damage to property
*Creates a serious risk to the publics health and safety
*Interferes with or seriously disrupts and electronic system
Whereas ‘The counter extremism strategy 2015’ outlines extremism as ‘The vocal or active opposition to our fundamental values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and respect and tolerance for different faiths and beliefs’.
The Government’s Counter Terrorism Prevent strategy has three key objectives:
*tackle the causes of radicalisation and respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism
*safeguard and support those most at risk of radicalisation through early intervention, identifying them and offering support
*enable those who have already engaged in terrorism to disengage and rehabilitate.
The Channel programme forms part of the Prevent strategy. It is an initiative that provides a multi-agency approach to support people vulnerable to the risk of radicalisation. Channel uses a multi-agency approach to:
*identify individuals at risk
*assess the nature and extent of that risk
*develop the most appropriate support plan for the individuals concerned.
What does this mean to you?
If you suspect anyone of terrorism or extremism, it is your responsibility to report this through the counter terrorism prevent strategy channel so that it can be investigated and minimise risk of harm to others.
Additional resources: https://youtu.be/DoHgFs_1v1Y https://educateagainsthate.com/