Radicalisation refers to the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and extremist ideologies associated with terrorist groups.
Schools have been asked, under the Government’s Prevent Strategy, to stay alert to students who may be at risk of radicalisation.
Advice to Parents
There are no typical characteristics of young people who may be more at risk than others. However, a sudden change in behaviour could be a potential indicator. Sometimes those at risk may be encouraged, by the people they are in contact with, not to draw attention to themselves. If you feel there is a change in your child’s behaviour, parents are encouraged to enquire about their children’s well-being. It is important for parents to keep an open channel of communication that involves listening to their children’s views and concerns. You may not always agree with your child, but you should convey to them, that you’ve understood his or her point of view and want the best for them in life.
Recognising Extremism — signs may include:
- Out of character changes in behaviour and relationships
- Secretive behaviour
- Losing interest in friends and activities
- Showing sympathy for extremist causes
- Glorifying violence
- Possessing illegal or extremist literature, advocating messages similar to illegal organisations such as, Muslims Against Crusades or other non-proscribed extremist groups such as, the English Defence League
If you have any concerns that your child may be being influenced by others please get in touch with the College immediately. Get help and talk to someone you can trust.