The initial Prevent Police assessment on average takes up to 5 days.
However, this is not a one-off check. At any point during the Channel process the police may receive further information regarding an individual that can change the assessment of whether they are suitable for Channel, so they need to stay involved in each ongoing case.
Referrals fall into three broad categories:
a. Clear evidence of vulnerability to radicalisation
b. Limited initial information, but a concern that a vulnerability to radicalisation may exist
c. Those who are not appropriate for Channel