Prevent is the multi-agency set of arrangements aimed at preventing individuals and groups from engaging in violent extremism.
The Channel Panel is the multi-agency mechanism that oversees and co-ordinates Prevent interventions in Somerset. The Panel has a statutory basis under the terms of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015.
In November 2020 a Act Early new website was launched to help families and the public spot the signs when a loved one is being led down a path towards hatred and extremism. The site is accompanied with a national advice line that provides direct access to Prevent specialists who are trained to guide people through the process of sharing concerns about a person at risk.