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What is radicalisation?

Radicalisation is the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and extremist ideologies. If someone is becoming radicalised it means they are displaying extreme views in support of extreme ideologies or beliefs, terrorist groups, and activities.

What is violent extremism?

Violent extremism is when people threaten or use violence in support of their own agenda or to further their own set of beliefs.

What can I do if I'm worried?

If you're worried that someone close to you is becoming radicalised, act early and get help. The sooner you reach out, the quicker the person you care about can be protected from being groomed and exploited by extremists.

Police forces across the country have specially trained Prevent officers who work with professionals in health, education, local councils, and charities, as well as faith and community groups to help vulnerable people move away from extremism. They are here to listen and offer help and advice. Receiving support is voluntary.

Friends and family are best placed to spot the signs, so trust your instincts and share your concerns in confidence. They can help if you act early. You won't be wasting police time and you won’t ruin lives, but you might save them.

To find out more about how to help someone close to you visit the ACT Early website.

Useful documents

These PDFs are not accessible, but you can find the information you need on the ACT Early website.

Make a referral

If you're a professional who's worried about a young person or vulnerable adult at risk of being radicalised, use the professionals Prevent referral form.

If you're worried that a friend or family member is at risk of being radicalised, you can make a Prevent referral on the Cleveland Police website.

You can also call Middlesbrough Council's safeguarding team (for both young people and adults) on 01642 726004, or Cleveland Police on 101.

In an emergency, always call 999.