Advice For Young People | Counter Terrorism Policing



Radicalisation is the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and extremist ideologies. If you are worried someone close to you is becoming radicalised act early and seek help. The sooner you reach out, the quicker we can protect the person you care about from being groomed and exploited by extremists.

Police forces across the country have specially trained Prevent officers who work alongside other organisations through a Home Office programme called Prevent to help people vulnerable to radicalisation move away from violent extremism. We are here to listen and offer help and advice. Receiving support is voluntary.

Friends and family are best placed to spot the signs, so trust your instincts and tell us your concerns in confidence.

We can help if you act early. You won’t be wasting our time and you won’t ruin lives, but you might save them.

To find out more about how to help someone close to you visit


We recognise that this is a difficult time for parents and guardians and that the Coronavirus is having a significant impact on young people and families across the world.

If you are a parent or guardian and are concerned about online radicalisation, you can download the Information & Support Pack from Let’s Talk About It.

No lecture – just sound advice for students

Firearms and weapon attacks are rare but all community groups – including students – need to be prepared.

If you should get caught up in an incident our advice is: RUN, HIDE,TELL.

If the worst should ever happen, remembering these three words could save your life.

Read the information below, hope you never have to use it, but know you are now ready to react quickly.


Run to a place of safety. This is a far better option than to surrender or negotiate. If there’s nowhere to go then…


It’s better to hide than to confront. Remember to turn your phone to silent and turn off vibrate. Barricade yourself in if you can. Then finally and only when it’s safe to do so…


Tell the police by calling 999.



We appreciate that talking to young people about terrorism can be scary, for parents and children alike.

But the atrocities in London and Manchester have sadly resulted in some of the youngest victims of terror this country has ever seen. If we are able to teach children to act in a way which could potentially save their lives then it is our responsibility to do so.

Counter Terrorism Policing has previously worked with PSHE Association and Girlguiding and brought safety advice into the classroom and to a variety of youth organisations. Bespoke lesson materials were created with the aim of advising what to do if they see suspicious behaviour or a suspicious item.

The film, entitled ‘Run, Hide, Tell – The story of Nur, Edih and Llet’ is a mix of live action and graphic novel style animation, and follows the story of three young people who find themselves caught up in an attack on a shopping centre.

“We are particularly concerned when we see people – young and old – using their mobiles to film scenes when they should be moving away from the danger. The recent incident in Parsons Green is a good example of this.

Our research showed that many young people think filming would be a good thing to provide evidence for police. We must get them to understand that the priority must be their safety.”

Lucy D’Orsi

Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Counter Terrorism Policing

Find below the materials which may be useful for your lessons.



RUN HIDE TELL guidance lesson plans – English curriculum version


Youth Organisations

RUN HIDE TELL Facilitator guidance and session plan for youth organisations