Sammy | The Accidental Extremist

Sammy, a 23 year old German national, converted to Islam and decided to travel to Syria in 2014 with his friend, believing it was the best way to practise his faith and help other Muslims.

Infographic: Terror in the UK

Our infographic: What are the stats around Far Right and Islamist extremism? What are the push-pull factors around why people get drawn into extremism? What are the types of Channel referrals and what makes people vulnerable? We thought we’d produce a quick and handy graph which might be a good starting point in understanding some […]

Prevent Channel Referrals

Practitioner insight: How can teachers and schools determine what an effective Prevent Channel referral looks like? by Imtiaz Kala As a safeguard specialist with over 20 years’ experience who has been the single point of contact on radicalisation within a northern local authority, schools and the voluntary sector, the question of Channel referrals remains vitally […]

Denying the oxygen of publicity to extremists – views of a former police officer

I’m a former counter terrorism (CT) police officer who worked to prevent individuals being drawn towards violent extremist ideologies.  The evolution of Anjem Choudary into the most infamous extremist  recruiter in the UK was one of the issues that played out whilst I worked in this field. The impunity with which he seemed to evade […]

Comment:The new 2018 CONTEST strategy. The devil in the detail?

All eyes interested in matters of security and cohesion will have no doubt devoured the 95 pages of the British government’s fourth iteration of CONTEST, its counter terrorism strategy, launched yesterday by the new Home Secretary Sajid Javid. Billed as ‘a new, more agile, flexible and co-ordinated approach designed to better prevent, detect and disrupt terrorist […]

When it comes to preventing (far right) extremism, who is the “community”?

The Prevent strategy has been in place since 2003 and the approach around community engagement still remains elusive to practitioners.   The current Prevent Duty Guidance talks of building community resilience by Do we define communities as the (brown) Muslim community when talking extremism? Thus the community is seen as simultaneously the solution and the problem.  It can […]

Counter-extremism, communities and gender

Why we need more communities-focused and gender-sensitive approaches There has been increasing awareness of the need for communities-focused and gender-sensitive approaches in counterextremism measures recently. In this blog post, Dr Jennifer Philippa Eggert (University of Warwick) explains why working with communities and taking gender into account should be at the heart of our counterextremism work. […]

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