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Neurodivergence and Radicalisation - Why are we talking about this?

Research has shown that people with neurodiversity are no more likely to commit a violent act in the name of a cause or belief than anyone else.

However, they can be more vulnerable to a whole range of safeguarding concerns. This includes people or groups who look to groom and recruit young people into extreme and potentially dangerous belief systems.

This page will direct you to resources that you may find useful in understanding neurodivergence. You can also find help and support if you need it.

You can also find details on the Government’s CONTEST strategy including the Prevent programme, if you are worried about someone you think may be being radicalised.

Resources for parents and carers

Please click on the links below for details that you may find helpful.

The National Autistic Society [external link]

Ambitious About Autism [external link] – expert information and resources

Asperger Foundation [external link]

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) [external link]

Talking together about radicalisation [external link]

Parents guides to safeguarding autistic children and young people from extremist ideologies [external link]

What to do if you are worried someone close to you is expressing extreme views or hatred towards other [external link]

Key information about extremism and radicalisation [external link]

Ways to report if you are concerned about something to do with terrorism [external link]

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