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Children from all kinds of different backgrounds can become radicalised.

You need to be aware of the factors that make your pupils more vulnerable to radicalisation. The following is a guide only, and you need to use your professional judgment to assess their vulnerability.

Young people often struggle with their sense of identity, and this can make them vulnerable to extremist influence. Some may feel distant from their cultural or religious heritage, or isolated from the prevailing British culture, which may lead them to question their place in British society.

Personal circumstances, such as tensions in the family or having experienced a traumatic event, can also increase vulnerability. Extremists prey on low self-esteem, perceptions of injustice and feelings of failure combined with a sense of grievance, often triggered by firsthand experience of racism or discrimination. If your pupils have special educational needs, or find it difficult to interact socially, empathise or understand the consequences of their actions, they may be more vulnerable to radicalisation.

External factors, such as tensions in the local community, events affecting their country or region of origin, having friends or family who have joined extremist groups, and exposure to narrow points of view, are also a factor.

Young people involved with criminal groups, and those who have found it difficult to reintegrate after being in prison or a young offender institution, may also be at risk.

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