What are the signs of radicalisation?

What are the signs of radicalisation?

Posted on Dec 07, 2015

What are the signs of radicalisation?



Radicalisation is happening all around us right now, in schools, after-school clubs, on the internet, in homes. As a teacher you need to know the signs to help prevent the worst from happening.

Terrorists are continuingly evolving the way they groom young people, but, families who have lost children to extremist groups have identified common shared behaviours.


The signs

Common signs of radicalisation


Although not uncommon amongst young people in general, common signs are:

  • Resentment to authority figures
  • Difficult and moody behaviour
  • A preference for their own company
  • A desire to be alone


Less common signs of radicalisation


  • Being increasingly secretive with online activities
  • Expressing feelings of an ‘us and them’ mentality
  • Becoming argumentative and domineering in their viewpoints
  • Ingnoring views that contradict their own
  • Losing interest in activities and friends they used to enjoy spending time with
  • Downloading extremist content and seeking those that have extremist views
  • Making travelling plans


Remember these signs are indicative not definitive but do not hide your concerns, trust your judgement and take action if you need to.

If you want to know what the law expects from you and your staff in terms of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, the Prevent duty and the Prevent Strategy. Try flick’s prevention of radicalisation course today by clicking the below link.


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