Radicalisation is the process through which people come to support violent extremism. Violent extremism involves supporting or using violence to achieve a cause. This can, in rare cases, lead people and groups to commit terrorist acts.

Radicalisation can take place when someone is groomed into supporting violent extremism. They may be encouraged to support extremist ideas, such as those linked to politics, religion or other causes. They may be encouraged to feel anger and intolerance towards other people, groups or communities and may come to believe that violence is needed to pursue their ideas. Radicalisation can happen over anything from a few days to several years.

Currently, concerns are greatest about radicalisation to causes associated with international terrorist activity and right wing extremism. The internet, social media and online gaming sites have become key places for promoting extremism and targeting people for radicalisation.


Signs that someone is being radicalised could include:

  • Becoming more secretive, especially around internet use
  • Spending increasing amounts of time communicating with friends met online
  • Becoming isolated from family and friends
  • Developing a fixation on a particular subject
  • Expressing intolerance or hatred of other people and communities
  • Changing appearance to reflect association with a group or cause
  • Expressing thoughts about harming or using violence towards others

What we are doing to Prevent radicalisation in Devon

We have a dedicated partnership which works to help organisations and the public understand how and why people are drawn into violent extremism, support people who are vulnerable to grooming and radicalisation, and increase community resilience. We also work with local agencies to provide early intervention and support to keep vulnerable people safe.

We have launched a public campaign to raise awareness of the risks of online radicalisation.


If you or someone you know is in immediate danger contact 999.

If you are concerned that someone is being radicalised, find advice and support on the ACT Early website or contact the national Prevent advice line in confidence on 0800 011 3764

If you are concerned about someone’s safety or welfare contact:

Report in confidence

Report suspicious behaviour or activity in strictest confidence through:

Confidential Police Hotline: 0800 789 321

Crime Stoppers: 0800 555 111

Report Extremist materials

Report online material promoting extremism or terrorism anonymously on the Government website.

Report extremist material

Act Early

Information and support about radicalisation, including how to share concerns

Access the Act Early website

Families for Life

Support for families of people affected by radicalisation.

Call: 07505974030

Access the Families for Life website

Educate Against Hate

Information about radicalisation for parents and educators

Access the Educate Against Hate website


Advice and support for adults concerned that a child is being radicalised

Access the NSPCC website