What is the Prevent strategy?

Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including the extreme right wing, violent Islamist groups and other causes.

What is radicalisation?

Radicalisation is when a person starts to support terrorism or forms of extremism that leads to terrorism.
• They are usually 13 years old or upwards but not always
• They may have a personality or identity crisis
• They may have unmet aspirations or have a personal crisis
• They may have a need for adventure or excitement
• They may feel that their culture or religion is under threat
• Individuals may feel socially isolated or suffering depression
• They may demonstrate criminal behaviour
• They may be groomed by others who promise them excitement, glory or freedom

What are the signs?

• Overly sensitive about online viewing
• Feeling isolated or expressions of “us and them” mentality
• Becoming more argumentative or domineering in their viewpoint – quick to condemn those who disagree with their opinions
• Downloading extremism content
• Social isolation – especially if they had been social previously
• Abnormal routines or travel patterns
• Altered appearance

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