Search Our Site

We have 3,758,575 registered online learners.
339 new learners so far today.

NSPCC offers advice on child radicalisation

schedule 8th February 2016 by Alex Bateman in Safeguarding Last updated on 24th April 2018

Advice for child radicalisation

The NSPCC has set up a new helpline to provide advice on the problem of child radicalisation.

Those who are worried about children being radicalised by the influence of extremist views can now call the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) for advice.

The charity has launched a new, free, 24-hour helpline service, which people can contact if they are concerned a child is at risk of radicalisation.

NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless stated: “The fact that a young person might hold extreme or radical views is not a safeguarding issue in itself. But when young people are groomed for extremist purposes and encouraged to commit acts that could hurt themselves or others, then it becomes abuse.

“That?s why we?ve trained our helpline practitioners to cope with this fresh danger to young people.?

While radicalisation can be difficult to spot, the NSPCC has highlighted a number of indicators that may suggest a child is at risk. These include becoming isolated from family and friends, talking as if from a scripted speech, an increase in anger and becoming disrespectful and asking inappropriate questions.

The charity also said that children who have low self-esteem, are members of a gang or a victim of bullying may be more vulnerable to radicalisation. People with radical views can take advantage of these vulnerabilities by convincing children they can help them to become ‘something special’ and begin isolating them from their family and friends, the NSPCC warned.

According to BCC research, 17 Britons aged between 15 and 20 have been killed after leaving the UK to fight for jihadist organisations in Syria and Iraq. Overall, at least 800 people are reported to have left the country to join such groups, with around half having returned.


Alex Bateman - Virtual College

Author: Alex Bateman

Alex is interested in the strategic application of learning and development. In particular how organisations can promote engagement with ongoing learning campaigns. He spends his spare time renovating his Victorian house. Ask him about his floors, I dare you.

ISO 9001:2015
Crown Commercial Service Supplier
LPI Accredited Learning Technologies Provider


+44 (0)1943 605 976

Virtual College

Marsel House


West Yorkshire

LS29 8DD

Awards for footer
Gold and silver award winners at the Learning Technologies Awards 2017 - including gold for excellence in the design of learning content.


We are in the process of moving to one Virtual College website. If you want to go back to a course, or start a course, bought from our old website then you may need to login to our original learning management system. Otherwise, please proceed to our new learning management system to return to your training.


You are already logged in. Click the button below to be taken to your LMS dashboard. Alternatively, click logout to leave the system.