For family and friends

In order for families to help prevent acts of violent extremism it is important for them to understand what the process looks like and what they need to look out for. There is no single pathway to violent extremism and the process is unique to each person. However, there are some common elements in the experiences of most people who have turned towards violent extremist views, regardless of their beliefs or motivations. Step Together explores how to identify concerning behaviour and what preventative measures we can put in place.

Find out the signs that someone needs support and how you can help someone you're close to.
How support workers and community leaders can connect with young people facing a difficult time.
Learn what critical thinking is and tips for helping others to think critically.
Suggestions on how to reach out to family and keep communication positive.
How to know if someone’s behaviour is changing in a way that could indicate something is wrong.
Learn ways to respectfully connect with people you disagree with and why it's important.
Reminders of how we can support others, and ourselves, during this difficult time.
Advice and support

If you would like further advice and support on how best to help someone you care about, contact our Step Together helpline workers.

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