Radicalisation is defined as the process by which people come to support terrorism and violent extremism and, in some cases, to then participate in terrorist groups.
There is no obvious profile of a person likely to become involved in extremism or a single indicator of when a person might move to adopt violence in support of extremist ideas. The process of radicalisation is different for every individual and can take place over an extended period or within a very short time frame
Three main areas of concern have been identified for initial attention in developing the awareness and understanding of how to recognise and respond to the increasing threat of children/young people being radicalised:
- Increasing understanding of radicalisation and the various forms it might take, thereby enhancing the skills and abilities to recognise signs and indicators amongst all staff working with children and young people;
- Identifying a range of interventions - universal, targeted and specialist - and the expertise to apply these proportionately and appropriately;
- Taking appropriate measures to safeguard the wellbeing of children living with or in direct contact with known extremists.
In Cheshire East if you suspect a child to be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm, which includes being radicalised, then a referral (MS Word, 80KB) should be made in line with child protection procedures and you should contact ChECS.The leaflets will give you further information. A flowchart (PDF, 220KB) for referral will help to advise your decision making.
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