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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.
Sandwell Prevent Strategy is part of the National Counter Terrorism Strategy and aims to stop people being drawn into or supporting terrorist.
If you or anyone else is in immediate danger, you must contact the police by calling 999.
If you are under 18 and have concerns about radicalisation or extremism
email West Midlands Police
Dedicated helpline to report suspected abuse
Guidance for schools and childcare providers on preventing children and young people from being drawn into terrorism
Action Counters Terrorism has advice on what to do if you’re worried someone close is expressing extreme views or hatred, which could lead to them harming themselves or others
advice hub to get expert tips on practical ways you can support children and young people online
online digital safety for families
a charity ensuring children benefit from technology, free from harm
Government advice and trusted resources for schools to safeguard students from radicalisation
Department for Education resources for teachers to use with students
Crimes committed against someone because of their disability, transgender-identity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation are hate crimes and should be reported to the police