A legal requirement for public organisations to prevent individuals being drawn into terrorism is not an inherently bad idea. Working with vulnerable people from a wide variety of backgrounds means that schools, local authorities, and health workers are ideally placed to provide an early warning capability. Yet many people maintain that the new duty is just another example of our increasingly draconian state.
As part of our commitment to tackling extremism and radicalisation, we are very happy to make our Parents’ Guide to Extremism and Radicalisation leaflet free to download. We hope that you will find this basic information useful and that by helping parents to better understand the current situation, they will feel more confident in addressing these issues at home.
For sufferers of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, and other debilitating mental health problems, extreme behaviour can provide a release for their inner angst and turmoil. Research has identified that among many young people who support violent extremism, one common denominator appears to be their mental health.