Is this for you?

It’s for adopters and foster carers, as well as staff working in family placement services.

Key points

It is the relationship that adopters and carers have with children that helps keep them safe and supports their social development.

Foster carers and adopters can support children and young people to stay safe from radicalisation by:

  • knowing where children and young people are
  • keeping lines of communication open, listening to children and young people talk about their interests
  • encouraging children to take up positive activities with local groups
  • allowing and encouraging debate on local and world events
  • encouraging children and young people to show an interest in the local community and respect for people of all faiths
  • discussing with young people what social media and messaging sites they are using
  • reminding children that people they contact over the internet may be telling them things that are not true
  • explaining that anyone who tells them to keep secrets from their family or teachers is likely to put them in danger


Violent extremism is defined by the Crown Prosecution Service as the demonstration of unacceptable behaviour by using any means or medium to express views, which:

  • encourage, justify or glorify terrorist violence in furtherance of particular beliefs
  • seek to provoke others to terrorist acts
  • encourage other serious criminal activity or seek to provoke others to serious criminal acts
  • foster hatred which might lead to inter-community violence in the UK

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15 August 2018
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