Prevent Radicalisation and Extremism Training

Making sure everyone is safeguarded from radicalisation and extremism is extremely important and this radicalisation training course has been designed to help learners understand the various forms of it and how it can be recognised. By completing the CPD approved online Radicalisation and Extremism training learners will understand Government strategies, including CONTEST, Channel, Prevent and much more.

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Course Overview


  • Intermediate
  • 1-2 Study Hours
  • Online Study
  • Self-Printed Certificate


  • 5 CPD Points
  • CPD Certified

Course description

Safeguarding anyone against radicalisation and extremism is an extremely important responsibility. It’s crucial that anyone working with vulnerable children, young people or adults are able to recognise the signs and symptoms of potential radicalisation.

This training course will help learners to understand various forms of radicalisation and extremism and how it can be recognised and countered. This course also looks into further steps and organisations to contact if they suspect someone is being radicalised.

This is a wide-ranging course covering radicalisation and extremism. It explores how some people become vulnerable to it and how this can potentially lead to terrorism, how to counter this and actions you can take. It also details government initiatives and legislation.

Topics covered in this prevent extremism training include:

  • Extremism, radicalisation and terrorism, and the differences between them 
  • Sources and types of terrorism threats 
  • How the radicalisation process happens 
  • Risk factors and how to identify people vulnerable to radicalisation
  • Government strategies, including CONTEST, Channel, and Prevent
  • UK legislation and actions to reduce acts of terrorism
  • Actions you can take 

Case studies and videos are used to illustrate the information in the prevent radicalisation training course, and there are also challenges to check your knowledge of the information covered at each stage of the learning.

This course is one of a number of high quality online accredted safeguarding training courses we offer including: 

You will learn

  • Define extremism and radicalisation
  • Know the main elements of the UK Government’s Prevent and CONTEST strategies
  • Better understand what makes people vulnerable to radicalisation
  • Know your responsibilities and recognise indicators that radicalisation might be taking place

Who is it for?

Roles including:

  • Teachers
  • Teaching assistants
  • Care workers
  • Social Workers
  • Safeguarding teams
  • University Staff
  • HR workers

Prevent Radicalisation and Extremism FAQs

  • What are the 4 stages of the radicalisation process?

    The Action Counters Terrorism organisation outlined the four stages those going through the radicalisation process are likely to experience: 

    • Pre-Radical - this is a very early stage and it is likely the individual will not have been exposed to any extremist content but they will be aware of extremism groups and start to identify with some of their beliefs
    • Self-Identify - in the second stage the individual is likely to have begun accepting the belifs of the group or individual that is radicalising them
    • Indoctrination - the penultimate stage of the radicalisation process is where the individual is groomed by an extremist organisation or individual and their beliefs in extremist views become stronger as they head down the path towards terrorism
    • Terrorism - the final stage of the process is where the individual starts carrying our terrorist acts or is involved is acts of terrorism
  • What are the 3 signs of radicalisation?

    Professionals and those responsible for children and vulnerable adults need to be aware of the common signs of radicalisation and these include: 

    • An individual starts to isolate themselves from their friends and/or family and becomes increasingly withdrawn
    • Individuals can also become very secretive about who they are spending their time with or talking to online
    • Another common sign is the individual becoming very outspoken and aggressive in their beliefs and opinions
  • What does extremism mean in safeguarding?

    Extremism means when a child, young person or adult becomes vocal or provides active opposition to the fundamental values of being a British citizen. 

    These fundamental values include individual liberty, democracy, the rule of law and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.

How the online courses work

  • Find a course

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  • Buy the course

    When buying one of our courses, you will need to enter a valid email address which will be used to create your account with our Learning Management System – Enable – where you will take the training. We will also send your purchase receipt to this email address, and any additional courses purchased in future using the same email address will be added to your system account.

    Once you have purchased a course, you will be able to send this course to other people using your system account with Enable by entering the new learner’s email address so that they may access the training and set up their own system account with our Learning Management System.

    If you are not 100% satisfied with your course then we offer a 30-day, no hassle money-back guarantee. To request a refund, you should email our learner support team with your receipt stating why you would like to be reimbursed. You, or your learners, must not have completed the training in order to make a valid refund claim. Any claim made after the training has been completed will be invalidated.

  • Take the course

    This online course consists of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk learners through the lesson material. Pages may include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help learners stay engaged and interested in the material. Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be paused and resumed at any stage.

    The course is self-paced so learners decide how fast or slow the training goes. There is no deadline for completion but some of our courses have a test at the end to check that learners have understood the material. If the course has a test at the end then learners are required to achieve a 75% pass mark to successfully complete the course. Once learners have passed the test they are awarded a certificate, which can either be downloaded digitally or sent as a physical copy if this option was chosen when purchasing the course.

  • Your Certificate

    Upon completion of any of our courses, learners will be able to download a digital certificate from Virtual College which will include the accrediting bodies logo where applicable, the learner's name, the title of the course and the date of completion.

    If you have purchased the posted certificate option, available on selected courses, a high quality, seal embossed, certificate will be sent out the following working week after completion.