Channel: reducing the risk of radicalisation. A case study of Greater Manchester Police

Rollinson, Paul (2010) Channel: reducing the risk of radicalisation. A case study of Greater Manchester Police. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Recognising that the present threat of terrorism facing the United Kingdom is from home-grown radicalised individuals, the Labour government introduced its Channel Project in 2007; a new initiative that seeks to identify individuals at risk of radicalisation and reduce their vulnerability through multi-agency support. The purpose of this study is to critically examine how the Channel Project, which was introduced by Greater Manchester Police in 2009, is helping to identify and support those individuals identified as being at risk of radicalisation. This is achieved through a qualitative approach, focusing on interviews with frontline professionals from services across Greater Manchester that have a responsibility to protect children and vulnerable adults from significant harm. The results of the study illustrate that within Greater Manchester the Channel Project considers the concept of radicalisation to be a ‘safeguarding’ issue and contends that the presence of key vulnerabilities increases an individual's susceptibility towards radicalisation. The research suggests that these vulnerabilities are synonymous with those found in individuals who engage in other high-risk activities that already form part of the national safeguarding agenda. Subsequently existing safeguarding structures are identified as an effective framework with which to facilitate multi-agency support to those individuals vulnerable to violent extremism. Analysis of the findings highlight that adopting a safeguarding paradigm to reduce the presence of specific vulnerabilities lends itself to the provision of support through existing mainstream services, with specific focus on education, mentoring and diversion.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:49
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:16

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