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Refer someone at risk of radicalisation

Help prevent someone you know from becoming a terrorist or supporting terrorism by referring them to our radicalisation support programme.

How can I tell if someone is at risk of radicalisation?

Radicalisation can be really difficult to spot. Signs may include:

  • Isolating themselves from family and friends.
  • Talking as if from a script.
  • Unwillingness to discuss their views or refusing to listen to different points of view.
  • A sudden disrespectful attitude towards others.
  • Increased levels of anger or becoming increasingly argumentative.
  • Increase in secretive behaviour, especially around internet use.
  • Use of 'them and us' language.

How can I refer someone at risk of radicalisation?

If you’re concerned someone you know is at risk of being radicalised, complete the form below and email it to us using the details on the form.

To refer someone:

  • You don’t need their consent.
  • If the person at risk is under 18, you may wish to speak to their parents before referring, but you don’t have to.
  • You can make your referral anonymously.
Refer someone at risk of radicalisation Word form (65kb doc) Refer someone at risk of radicalisation PDF form (254kb pdf)

What help will the person receive after I refer them?

The person will be referred to the Channel Panel programme. Participation in the programme is voluntary. We can’t force the person to take part but we'll try our best to give them the support they need.

The Channel Panel will help the person you refer by:

  • Identifying if the person is at risk.
  • Assessing the nature and extent of that risk.
  • Developing the most appropriate support plan.
  • Reviewing the impact and effectiveness of the support provided.

Will the person I refer get a criminal record?

The programme doesn’t criminalise people for holding extreme views. It doesn’t result in the person you refer having a criminal record through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

A crime will only be recorded if the person you refer has committed an actual crime. As an early intervention programme, it operates as a safeguarding process to protect from radicalisation and offers appropriate support.

Why has the referral programme been created?

The referral programme was created by the Home Office as part of the government’s counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.


If you feel the risk is high or time critical, contact the police on 101. Or in an emergency call 999.

01706 922927

Phone: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.