Extremism and Radicalisation
Radicalisation is the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and extremist ideologies. If you are worried someone close to you is becoming radicalised act early and seek help. The sooner you reach out, the quicker the person you care about can be protected from being groomed and exploited by extremists.
Police forces across the country have specially trained Prevent officers who work with professionals in health, education, local authorities and charities, as well as faith and community groups to help vulnerable people move away from extremism. They are here to listen and offer help and advice. Receiving support is voluntary.
Friends and family are best placed to spot the signs, so trust your instincts and share your concerns in confidence.
They can help if you act early. You won't be wasting police time and you won’t ruin lives, but you might save them.
National Counter Terrorism Policing have launched a website to help increase Prevent referrals from family and friends by increasing awareness, trust and understanding of the police’s safeguarding role by:
- Increasing awareness of where to go for further information and support
- Increasing awareness of the signs of radicalisation
- Increasing understanding of, and confidence in, the referral process
- Encouraging referrals from concerned family and friends at an early stage
- Highlighting the police safeguarding role in Prevent
To find out more visit ACT Early UK