It can be hard to know what to do if you are worried someone close is expressing extreme views or hatred, which could lead to them harming themselves or others.
Organisations like the Peace Foundation work to equip young people with the skills and confidence they need to navigate the challenges they face moving from childhood to adulthood. We also help develop professionals such as teachers, youth workers, local authority professionals and police officers.
The police protect people from being exploited by extremists through a Home Office programme called Prevent. They have developed a programme called ACT – this encourages everyone to ‘ACT early’ and spot the signs and seek advice.
Spotting the signs
More important than any one sign is the feeling that something is not right. Friends and family are often the first to spot worrying changes taking place. These can be big or small changes that take place very quickly or over a longer period. Trust your instincts and if you are concerned seek advice.
Share a concern
You can do this by calling the national advice line 0800 011 3764, in confidence, to share your concerns with specially trained officers. The advice line is open 9:00am – 5:00pm every day.
There is also a safeguarding website that provides advice, guidance, and support for anyone who is concerned that someone they know may be at risk from being radicalised by terrorists or extremist content online.
ACT Early is part if the Prevent programme | Counter Terrorism Policing Say ‘Act Early’ to Stop Radicalisation
What is Prevent?
Prevent is just that – a preventative programme, delivered locally by teachers, healthcare practitioners, social workers, the police, charities, and religious leaders.
It places protection around people vulnerable to radicalisation, stopping them from being drawn into terrorism – regardless of the ideology.
It works in a similar way to safeguarding processes designed to protect people from gangs, drug abuse, and sexual exploitation.