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Prevent campaign called ACT early

Alert message sent 19/11/2020 14:09:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary

Are you concerned someone you know is being radicalised?
Do you know how to spot the signs?

Our colleagues at Counter Terrorism Policing have launched ACT Early – a new Prevent campaign to offer advice and support to spot the signs a vulnerable person close to you might be risk of terrorist groomers.
It is difficult to be a parent at the best of times, but while we endure this pandemic and the impact of increased social isolation on our mental health and that of our children, we know that there are additional risks and we want people to know what help is available to them.
The increase in time spent online due to Covid19, and a rise in hateful extremism, is creating an environment in which there is more risk of young and vulnerable people being targeted by terrorist groomers.
Online grooming can happen to anyone. Young and vulnerable people can be drawn into a way of thinking by what they view and who they speak to online, and it can be difficult for parents, friends or family to know what signs to spot or what to do.
Our research tells us that parents, family members and friends are the first to see the changes in behaviour which might indicate that a loved one is being radicalised. But currently just 2% of people we help through the Prevent programme come to the programme because of concerns raised by those same people who know them best.
That is because most people don’t realise that Prevent is here to offer that help and support. Which is why we’re supporting the new website and advice line, ACT Early, because we realise that this support is needed now more than ever.
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Jacqueline May (Police, PCSO, Vent)

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