Nicola Benyahia’s son Rasheed was radicalised and went to fight for Islamic State. Rasheed died in combat in Syria and Nicola now works with families in Birmingham and across the UK to stop others suffering the same fate as her family and working on the signs to stop people from becoming radicalised.
Through the Channel programme we can offer a range of support, including mentoring, but often the responses involve broader programmes around critical thinking, anger management, conflict resolution, positive social narratives and resilience building through shared values.
These proposals are a necessary step in the increasing battle we face in keeping safe online. It is inevitable that we are going to need measures in place to ensure wellbeing online is protected, especially of children.
So the same way parents warn their children about sexual predators online, they have a responsibility to make sure their children are aware extremists may be using the web as a tool to push their ideologies.
Parity between the sexes remains one of the most vital challenges of our society and one which has the power to resolve so many inequalities and social harms. Tackling extremism is yet one more area where this holds true, as it becomes increasingly clear that the push for - and protection of - gender equality is arguably the most significant counter-narrative to extremist ideology.
Radicalisation knows no postcode, and no boundaries. While there is no textbook answer on whether a young person is at risk, we must educate families on the warning signs something may be wrong.
In my view, this focus on Britishness facilitates lazy interpretations of values. Some lists suggest that children should be encouraged to listen to British music like Freddy Mercury or they should eat roast dinners at school! By all means, schools are welcome to display union flags and celebrate the Queen's birthday but this merely pays lip service to what British values are trying to achieve.
Much of the criticism of The State has been based on the idea it humanises those joining Daesh. But the point is that those who commit terrorist acts are human, and preventing future atrocities requires an understanding of how they entered down that dark path. Whether or not you watched it, liked it or hated it, the series raises the imperative question of what drives young people to turn away from the people that love them.
It would be ridiculous for those of us who work in Prevent to be complacent, this area of safeguarding is too sensitive and too important. We need open dialogue and debate, but constructive critics are drowned out by the cacophony of detractors who demand to be heard but offer nothing but noise.
Away From The Police Sirens, Work To Protect The Young And Vulnerable From Radicalisation Is As Essential As Ever
In recent weeks, the NSPCC reported a spike in the number of children requesting counselling sessions for race or faith-based