Radicalisation is when someone starts to believe or support extreme views. They could be pressured to do things illegal by someone else or they might change their behaviour and beliefs and believe that sexual, religious or racial violence is OK.

Radicalisation can be really difficult to spot but children who are at risk of radicalisation may:


If you are worried about a Young Person and feel that they are vulnerable to radicalisation please contact Customer First on 0808 800 4005 for advice


Extremists might target them and tell them they can be part of something special and brainwash them into cutting themselves off from their friends and family.

Early signs of radicalisation may include:


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.

If you are worried about a young person, the NSPCC Helpline offers support to adults and you can call them to discuss your worries.

Children can contact Childline if they're worried that they're being influenced by other people, or if they're worried about terrorism. 

The helplines offer a safe, non-judgmental space where adults and children can talk to them confidentially. However, if a child was thought to be at significant risk of harm, they would alert the appropriate authorities, as they would in any case where a child's safety is in serious question.


Speaking to children about terrorism

Hearing about the recent terrorist attacks and bombings in London and Manchester may worry children. They might feel unsafe and worry about another attack.

Tips from the NSPCC about talking to your child about these events include:


Reporting terrorist or extremist related information

The National Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit (CTIRU) initiative allows anyone with any concerns, about terrorist or extremist-related material found on the internet, to report them anonymously online.


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