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Preventing Radicalization in the UK: Expanding the Knowledge-Base on the Channel Programme

Thornton, AE; Bouhana, N; (2019) Preventing Radicalization in the UK: Expanding the Knowledge-Base on the Channel Programme. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice , 13 (3) pp. 331-344. 10.1093/police/pax036. Green open access

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Abstract

The Channel programme is part of the Prevent Strategy, one of the four strands of the UK counter-terrorism strategy known as CONTEST. While the programme has been running since 2007 and thousands of purportedly ‘vulnerable’ individuals are referred to the programme each year, there are still gaps in public knowledge about the programme, and this article seeks to fill some of those gaps while raising issues to consider in the future. With empirical data from interviews with individuals who have worked on the Channel programme, issues discussed include the type of individuals who are placed onto the programme, the suitability of intervention providers who aim to assist these vulnerable individuals, and the vital role of schools and the community in the success of the programme. The way in which the programme is designed and framed is of vital importance, as the mechanisms by which a deradicalization programme should work are very different from those which a counter-radicalization programme should employ. Finally suggestions are made for future empirical work in order to be able to understand and evaluate Channel.

Type: Article
Title: Preventing Radicalization in the UK: Expanding the Knowledge-Base on the Channel Programme
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/police/pax036
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1093/police/pax036
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Security and Crime Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1557906
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