Section 37(5) of the Counter-Terrorism and Security (CT&S) Act 2015 requires Channel Panels to be chaired by the responsible local authority. Members of the panel must include the responsible local authority and the policer the relevant local authority area under Section 37(1) of the CT&S Act.
Section 38 of the CT&S Act places a duty on all partners of a panel to assist the police and the panel in carrying out their functions under the CT&S Act. The other members might include children and adults social care services and the NHS in particular.
Depending on the nature of the referral, the panel may also include, but not limited to, representatives of the following groups:
- Social Workers
- Schools. FE Colleges and universities
- Youth Offending Services
- Directors of children's and adult’s services
- Chairs of Local safeguarding Boards
- Local authority safeguarding managers
- Local authority Troubled Families Teams
- Home Office Immigration
- Border Force
Managing Prevent Referrals and Cases on E-CINS will:
- Reduce the need to email and print
- Enable all partners to securely access information with restricted access permissions
- Speed up processes that are all audible
- Give practitioners the option to use electronic referrals
- Give practitioners access to and use of an electronic Channel Vulnerability Assessment
- Ensure that referrals are dealt with swiftly
- Where appropriate, referrals are brought to the attention of the Channel Panel ASAP
- Enable the effective management of risk and vulnerability
- Improve partnership working and secure information sharing
E-CINS helps the Channel Panel Chair to:
- Have an oversight of all channel cases in their area
- Ensure the appropriate partners are invited to the meetings as panel members
- Enable effective partnership working and information sharing at panel meetings
- Ensure risks are identified and referred to the appropriate agencies
- Ensure and monitor that practitioners carry out their elements of the support plan
Since moving to E-CINS as the method of communication with all partner agencies the efficiency and effectiveness of the panel’s work has increased markedly. We now have the ability to share assessments, information gather and update everyone very quickly and if necessary work in real time if the risk level necessitates it.
Everything is done in a highly secure environment, which removes the need to set up a plethora of complex processes around secure e-mail, many of which are unable to communicate with each other and which in some cases partners were unable to set up. This in the past led to a lot of delays in the panel’s work.
As panel chair I now feel better informed about the identified risk in the area and with the decision making around cases as I receive updates as they happen. I would certainly recommend using the e-cins model as the approach to managing the interface between the broad range of partners linked to Channel.’