Young people in Leicester have created a series of films spelling out the difference between ‘radical’ and ‘radicalised’. The films have been developed with the help of Leicester City Council’s youth service, the Prevent programme and local film company Badshoes Film.

Reclaim Radical is designed to support front line practitioners to explore concepts around the Prevent agenda with young people.

The idea is that the films can be used by professionals who work with young people to spark debate and create a ‘safe space’ in which to talk about radicalisation and other contentious issues.

Haleemah Patel, one of the city council’s young advisors, said: “This project has been driven by young people. We understand the need for clear and constructive dialogue around world issues and topics such as Prevent.

“We need to feel safe and empowered to ask the questions we are often unable to articulate without the fear of causing offence or upset. This is one way of making sure that young people are given the chance to ask, and to explore the answers they are looking for.”

This resource is for use by any professional who works with young people in group work or classroom contexts. The information is there to be both shared with young people and to facilitate honest and safe discussions around the Prevent agenda. The activities are a guide. They can be undertaken individually or together in any order to suit the needs of the group.

Feel free to use the below resources in your setting.

Reclaim Radical Toolkit

Reclaim Radical: Radical versus Radicalised

Reclaim Radical: Joe’s Story

Reclaim Radical: The Speech