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 developed an online Preventing Exploitation Toolkit to tackle the threat of exploitation in Devon. The toolkit provides information and support to help frontline workers learn about, identify and report exploitation. It is designed for anyone who, through their paid or voluntary role, may come across people who are vulnerable to exploitation.
HELP AND SUPPORT
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 Extremist materials
Report online material promoting extremism or terrorism anonymously on the Government website.
Educate Against Hate
Information about radicalisation for parents and educators