A new website aimed at families and friends of those who are in danger of becoming radicalised is being supported by Essex Police.
The website www.actearly.uk was launched on Friday by Counter Terrorism Policing after research showed that family and friends are best placed to spot the signs that someone might be vulnerable to radicalisation.
In Essex, Prevent – a safeguarding organisation which helps prevent people being drawn into terrorism – saw a decline in the number of referrals during the first wave of COVID and lockdown.
A ‘go to’ for information
ACC Andy Prophet of Essex Police said:
While numbers went down, we know the risk of radicalisation has not gone away.
There are vulnerable people being exploited. The launch of the new website gives us a great opportunity to raise awareness with our communities and provide a ‘go to’ for information if they have concerns.
It is hoped the new website will:
- Increase awareness of where to go for further information and support
- Increase awareness of the signs of radicalisation
- Increase understanding of, and confidence in, the referral process
- Encourage referrals from concerned family and friends at an early stage
- Highlight the police safeguarding role in Prevent
Encourage to share concerns
Councillor Holly Whitbread, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities welcomed the new website, she said:
It is aimed at family and friends to encourage them to share concerns that a friend or loved one might be vulnerable to radicalisation.
The more people that understand the Prevent policing role and how it works with partners to support and help vulnerable people, the more likely they are to share their concerns. It’s crucial to help before it is too late.
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