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Extremism (part one)

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terrorism radicalisation extremism watford stevenage cheshunt borehamwood hemel The United Kingdom has had a strategy for counter-terrorism for over ten years called CONTEST.  The most important aspect of this strategy is Prevent, which involves preventing extremism of any kind developing before it can have an impact on society. Member of the publics play an integral role in stopping vulnerable people being recruited by extremist groups.  

How does Prevent work?

Prevent uses a range of measures to challenge extremism, including:
  • Supporting people who are at risk of being drawn into terrorist or extremist activity.
  • Working with and supporting community groups who provide services and support to vulnerable people.
  • Working with faith groups and institutions to assist them in providing support and guidance to people who may be vulnerable.
  • Supporting local schools, local industry and partner agencies through engagement, advice and training.

What are the signs of someone at risk of being drawn towards radicalisation?

The following list of potential vulnerabilities is not exhaustive but gives an idea of some of the signs that may be present in a person at risk.
  • If a significant person in the individual’s life has extremist views this may expose them to extremist material.
  • Moving areas or countries, changing life stages or bereavement can lead to people questioning their identity and seeking new meaning.
  • Feelings of isolation and alienation from their community.
  • If someone experiences discrimination, harrassment or social exclusion, this can lead to a very negative view of the world. Under certain influences, this can lead them towards a terrorist ideology.
  • Being influenced and controlled by a group – radical organisations use their influence to create a sense of obligation in a group.
  • A desire to dominate and control others – the terrorist ideology can present opportunities to control and tyrannise others.
  • Long-term, undiagnosed mental health problems can heighten vulnerability among young people in particular.

More information on Prevent and the signs of risk of radicalisation is available at http://www.ltai.info

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