Spot The Signs

Individuals can be drawn towards the process of radicalisation in a number of ways, many of which may overlap. When we talk about ‘vulnerability’ or ‘susceptibility’ within this context we mean individuals who, because of their circumstance, experiences or state of mind can be lead towards a terrorist ideology. The following list of potential vulnerabilities is not exhaustive and all or none may be present in individual cases of concern. It is important to stress that there may be no direct evidence of criminal behaviour. Remember that safeguarding vulnerable people from radicalisation is no different to safeguarding them from other forms of potential harm.

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SUSCEPTIBILITY TO INDOCTRINATION

SUSCEPTIBILITY TO INDOCTRINATION

People can often become drawn to principles and ideologies held by others and some are particularly susceptible to this type of control...

SOCIAL NETWORKS INVOLVEMENT IN EXTREMISM

SOCIAL NETWORKS INVOLVEMENT IN EXTREMISM

We trust those closest to us and can be influenced by those we trust. We tend to share the same beliefs as our peers and often will not question the motives of those we love and respect...

BEING AT A TRANSITIONAL TIME OF LIFE

BEING AT A TRANSITIONAL TIME OF LIFE

A transitional stage in life can be anything from moving to a new area or country, ending or starting a new relationship...

A NEED FOR IDENTITY, MEANING AND BELONGING

A NEED FOR IDENTITY, MEANING AND BELONGING

It may be that an individual has encountered peer, social, family or faith group rejection or isolation...

BEING INFLUENCED OR CONTROLLED BY A GROUP

BEING INFLUENCED OR CONTROLLED BY A GROUP

Organisations intent on radicalising others can have an incredibly powerful and dominating effect on individuals...

OPPORTUNISTIC INVOLVEMENT

OPPORTUNISTIC INVOLVEMENT

People may be presented unexpectedly with an opportunity to become involved with groups or individuals they may not otherwise associate with. They may be taken by surprise by ‘psychological hooks’ that quickly take hold...

FEELINGS OF GRIEVANCE AND INJUSTICE

FEELINGS OF GRIEVANCE AND INJUSTICE

People can often find themselves in situations they perceive as ‘unfair’. It is at this point that they may become vulnerable to indoctrination and radicalisation...

FEELING UNDER THREAT

FEELING UNDER THREAT

Individuals may be at risk due to general insecurities or feelings of vulnerability and alienation following recent conflict or absent family relationships...

RELEVANT MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES

RELEVANT MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES

Common forms of mental distress or disorders such as anxiety, depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and relational or personality problems can leave individuals particularly susceptible to radicalisation...

A DESIRE FOR STATUS

A DESIRE FOR STATUS

Some individuals might desire greater power and increased standing within their communities due to a lack of identity...

A DESIRE FOR EXCITEMENT AND ADVENTURE

A DESIRE FOR EXCITEMENT AND ADVENTURE

Individuals and young people in particular are often influenced by views and opinions provided by online propoganda...

A NEED TO DOMINATE AND CONTROL OTHERS

A NEED TO DOMINATE AND CONTROL OTHERS

Some individuals may have a natural tendency to want to dominate or rule over others...

A DESIRE FOR POLITICAL OR MORAL CHANGE

A DESIRE FOR POLITICAL OR MORAL CHANGE

Some people could react strongly to the emotive subject of extremism and terrorism, often with disgust or outrage. In some cases, this can lead to an overwhelming need for change, either political or moral...