In the creation of this chapter, the IARS International Institute has sought to analyse the current state of the art for dealing with violent radicalisation in the UK, and the use of positive approaches such as the Good Lives model (GLM) and restorative justice in current practice.
The chapter also discusses the evolution of preventative policy in the UK for addressing radicalisation at local and national levels. Our focus was young people.
The chapter sets the scene of the historical and political context in which interventions have been developed to target youth radicalisation. Due to the unique make-up of the UK’s state of the art Prevent programme, the context with which the GLM is proposed is vitally important.
What both GLM and RNR rely on is a definition. There is not a defined characteristic of young people online that are susceptible to radicalisation. There is barely a definition for radicalisation itself. It is therefore incredibly difficult for a counter-radicalism narrative to be dreamt up, let alone positively reinforced. Whatever model of prevention is proposed, the definition of what it targets and who it focuses on, should be clear.
The Good Lives Matter model could, if successfully implemented, allow for a greater wealth of opportunities for young people, generally, and in turn influence them to avoid the temptation that they might see online. It is imperative that there is research and trials done to determine what the effects may be on the levels of young
people being radicalised in the UK.
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YOUNG, MARGINALISED BUT NOT RADICALISED A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF POSITIVE APPROACHES TO YOUTH RADICALISATION
Executive summaries, comparative findings and National reports.