What is the aim of the Youth Online Understanding Radicalisation Survey?
A national youth consultation online survey is being carried out by the National Counter Terrorism Policing HQ. They are inviting young people from across the UK to take part in a short online survey to find out how they are affected by the serious issues of radicalisation and travel to areas of conflict such as Syria and Iraq.
How will you use the finding of the survey?
The findings from the survey will be really important in supporting broader activity underway by police and partner agencies to inform communities about the dangers of travelling to conflict areas.
Protecting vulnerable young people and safeguarding the UK from terrorists and terrorism emanating from overseas conflict continues to be a high priority area for the policing network and key partners. Views and opinions of young people will be shared on this important issue, not only to help increase our understanding of how best the police service can challenge misperceptions, but also to enable us to communicate with them more effectively. This is their opportunity to influence change and help us improve access to information.
How does the survey link in with the youth consultations carried out around the country in October last year?
The online survey is part of wider activity to engage with young people, including a series of youth consultations which have ran across the UK in October around the issue of travel to areas of conflict such as Syria and Iraq for young people aged between 15-18.
Through these consultations, which were facilitated locally between partners across all sectors by Prevent police teams, they were able to explore the following areas with young people. What factors influence and inform their perceptions, opinions and beliefs; what issues inspire and motivate them to support a cause; and identifying the best ways for police to communicate with young people on issues related to travel to areas of conflict.
All of this work is part of our ongoing activity to ensure that we are effectively communicating with young people about Prevent issues in the most productive way, to ensure their safety and that of our communities.
Should young people be worried about filling in the survey and providing information to the police?
No. All participants in the survey will remain anonymous and the information provided will only be used for the purposes of this research. Young people, do, however, have the option of contacting us if they want to volunteer to participate in further debates and local initiatives. Anyone who is under 18 and wishes to contact us is asked to seek permission from their parent or guardian.
How are you raising awareness of the survey ?
Working with police forces at a local level and also asking for the help of schools, colleges, universities, youth and health services, clubs and other organisations to reach as many young people as possible.
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