ACT Early Newsletter

ACT EARLY ALREADY HAVING AN IMPACT

Thank you for your continued support of the new ACT Early campaign, which is already having a life-changing impact in getting help and advice to those who might be at risk of radicalisation. Since its launch in November, the site has already received more than 25,000 individual visits and as a result the new national police Prevent advice line has been receiving calls every week from concerned family and friends, with specialist support being put in place where appropriate.

The launch of the website was featured widely on national and local media, including the BBC Six O’Clock News, Channel 4 News and the Newscast podcast. We have also had fantastic levels of engagement with our ACT Early social media content on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram that has enabled us to reach far beyond our own number of followers.

This initial success would not have been possible without your support and promotion of actearly.uk. Thank you, and please continue to do what you can to share links and content with you networks.

TWO NEW PREVENT FILMS NOW LIVE

We are delighted to let you know that two new animated 2-minute explainer films about Prevent have now been added to the ACT Early website and our partners’ toolkit. You can find them on the website here:

https://actearly.uk/support/reach-out-for-help/

https://actearly.uk/working-together/how-we-help/

The films are aimed at a general public, concerned friends and family audience, and provide an introduction to Prevent and to the work of Prevent officers. By improving understanding of Prevent and explaining the way we work with partners, we hope more people will be encouraged and assured to seek help at an earlier stage where appropriate. The films will also help make great digital training materials or aides for talks that you or colleagues might be giving about Prevent.

Please share these films on your organisation’s social media channels and within your organisation and networks, and let us know what you think.

ACT EARLY IN THE YEAR AHEAD – WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT

The year ahead is going to continue to be a challenging one for everyone as we deal with the ongoing impact of Covid-19. With most children and students now learning from home again, and conspiracy theories continuing to circulate, we know that there are increased risks of online radicalisation and an unavoidable lack of some of the protective safeguarding that schools, colleges and other services can provide. We have today issued a fresh appeal for parents and carers to remain vigilant about the signs of radicalisation and seek advice from ACT Early or other partners whenever they have concerns.

Over the coming months we will also be doing more to promote the ACT Early campaign, including plans to do more work with mothers groups and mums’ media; schools, colleges and universities; youth groups; internet safety campaigns; and others involved in safeguarding and child protection. Please continue to share our content and support the campaign whenever you can. And please let us know if there are other partners we could be working with or ideas you have for things we should be doing.

With many thanks and best wishes for the new year

The Counter Terrorism Policing ACT Early team

nctphq.comms@met.police.uk