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Radicalisation

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Radicalisation is when an individual or group adopt extreme political, social, or religious views that can lead to violence.

Spotting the signs of radicalisation

Radicalisation can be really difficult to spot. Signs that may indicate a child is being radicalised include:

    • isolating themselves from family and friends
    • talking as if from a scripted speech
    • unwillingness or inability to discuss their views
    • a sudden disrespectful attitude towards others
    • increased levels of anger
    • increased secretiveness, especially around internet use.

Children who are at risk of radicalisation may have low self-esteem, or be victims of bullying or discrimination. Extremists might target them and tell them they can be part of something special, later brainwashing them into cutting themselves off from their friends and family.

However, these signs don't necessarily mean a child is being radicalised – it may be normal teenage behaviour or a sign that something else is wrong.

Prevent is part of the National Counter Terrorism Strategy and aims to stop people being drawn into or supporting terrorism.