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Radicalisation is the process through which people come to support increasingly extreme political, religious or other ideals. This can lead them to support violent extremism and terrorism.

People can ‘self-radicalise’, by reading or listening to extremist literature or speakers. More commonly, there may be an individual or group actively seeking to persuade others to adopt their views.

Belief in an extremist cause and membership of an extremist group can offer people a sense of purpose, identity and community. This may be particularly appealing to someone who is experiencing difficulties and challenges in their life.

Signs that someone is being radicalised may be (but are not limited to):

  • isolation or withdrawal from family and friends
  • obsession with and secrecy around the internet and social networking sites
  • becoming uncooperative and disengaged
  • using abusive, aggressive or extremist views/comments/threats/language
  • a fascination with weapons, chemicals, explosives or extremist activity and events
  • significant changes in relationships
  • the use of seemingly scripted speech
  • change in behaviour or appearance due to new influences
  • seeking to recruit or ‘groom’ others to an extremist ideology
  • possession of violent extremist literature

If you are worried that someone is being radicalised please contact the police on 999.

If you are concerned that someone is being radicalised in your workplace, and there is no immediate danger, please talk to your prevent lead.

The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 contains a duty on specified authorities to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. This is also know as the Prevent duty. 

Getting help

Preventing Exploitation Toolkit

If there is the potential for you to encounter people who are vulnerable to exploitation through your job, whether it's paid or voluntary work, please refer to this toolkit.

ACT Early

Prevent radicalisation and extremism by acting early and reporting your concerns in confidence.

Devon and Cornwall Police

As part of the Prevent strategy, Devon and Cornwall Police offer information and advice about to prevent extremist views in your community. Any concerns about radicalisation in your community should be reported to the police on 999.