Children and young people can be at risk from radicalisation and extremism. Parents and carers can help to protect them.
The risks to children and young people include being exposed to graphic images on the internet or video, being groomed and exploited by people who hold extreme or violent beliefs to being recruited by terrorist groups.
Parents and carers can protect and support their children. Teaching children respect for people or other cultures, races and religious beliefs; how to use of the internet and social media more safely; and talking to them openly about their concerns are all ways of reducing the risks.
There is a lot of information available to parents and carers, please see the resources below. If you think your child is in immediate danger or see or hear something that may be terrorist related, trust your instincts and call 999 or the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.
Advice and support
Find out more such as how to approach the subject with your child or what to look out for in the links below.
- Educate against hate
- Keeping Children and Young People Safe Against Radicalisation and Extremism
- NSPCC https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/
- Lambeth Prevent Programme
If you are still concerned speak to your child’s school, the helplines offered by the organisations above or Lambeth Children’s Social Care on 0207 926 5555.