What is radicalisation and why is it important to you?

What is radicalisation and why is it important to you?

Posted on Mar 02, 2016

What is radicalisation?



Radicalisation is the process where someone is lead to adopt extreme political, social and religious ideals and aspirations.

The Government is not only demanding teachers understand the process but is also placing a duty on anyone who comes into contact with children and young people at work to know how to help prevent it.

There have been a number of alarming terrorist attacks in the last few years – from the bomb on the Russian plane flying from Egypt, the attack on Lee Rigby and the suicide bombers at the Bataclan concert hall during an Eagles of Death metal show. 

With concerns that more children and young people are becoming radicalised, it is more important than ever to ensure that staff:


  1. know how to spot and report radicalisation
  2. create a safe environment in which to discuss and challenge extremist ideas
  3. promote British values.


How are children and young people being radicalised?

Radicalisation can happen anywhere, by anyone.

Social media is been said to be the biggest platform where children and young people are being groomed into following extremism. 

There are an estimated 45,000 ISIS twitter accounts at any one time targeting children and young people. Twitter regularly takes down these accounts, but with more being added daily it is likely that young people can fall victim to extremist predators.

Why is radicalisation training important to you?

You may think that you would be able to spot signs of radicalisation easily – because surely they would be downloading extremist material off the internet and becoming domineering in their viewpoints? 

Wrong. There is no single process for radicalisation, it is unique for each individual.Some signs of radicalisation are resentment of authority figures, difficult and moody behaviour and a preference for their own company. Not too different to everyday behaviour of a teen at school or college is it? 

Find out other signs of radicalisation by clicking on the following link: 


What are the signs of radicalisation?

How prevention of radicalisation training will help you.

flick’s prevention of radicalisation training will not only give you the correct information and guidance following the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, the Prevent duty and the Prevent Strategy.

It will also make sure that you and your staff are equipped with the correct knowledge to rely on their instincts.

This means that if they spot someone being radicalised, they will be able to challenge extremist views, know how to report suspicions and most importantly – help prevent harm from happening to a child.

For more information on the actions to take and when you and your staff should be taking them, complete our prevention of radicalisation training now.


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