What is radicalisation?
Radicalisation is a process in which a person starts to believe in and support narratives and ideas until they become committed to an extremist ideology or group. They may become radicalised by someone who exploits and takes advantage of them. They may self-radicalise by viewing extremist materials online and on social media.
Individuals can come from any background, community or religion, and can be young or old, male or female.
What is Prevent?
Prevent is a part of the UK’s counter-terrorism strategy referred to as Contest. The aim of Prevent is to:
- Tackle the causes of radicalisation and respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism
- Safeguard and support those most at risk of radicalisation through early intervention
- Enable those who have already engaged in terrorism to disengage and rehabilitate
For more information, please see the Home Office’s video which provides an introduction to how Prevent works.
Spotting the signs of radicalisation
Prevent relies on community support and information to identify and protect people. Friends and family are often the first to spot worrying changes taking place. These can be big or small changes, taking place very quickly or over a longer period. If you feel that something is not quite right, act early and share your concerns.
If you have seen a person acting suspiciously or if you see a vehicle, unattended package or bag that may be an immediate threat, move away and call 999.