Parents & Relatives

Since 2013, we have already worked with more than 350 parents and relatives of young people who have been radicalised and joined extremist groups. We are here for you, if …

  • … you hear comments from your child or notice behaviour that arouse the suspicion of radicalisation.
  • … you are not sure if the sudden religious devotion of your son or daughter is faith or extremism.
  • … you are worried that your child has joined an Islamist group.
© iStock.com/castillodominici

Contact us if you have these or similar questions:

  • Should I consider it a sign of radicalisation when my child converts to Islam?
  • When should I start worrying?
  • How do I know that my child is becoming radicalised or might be joining a Salafist grouping?
  • I’m worried that my child is planning to move to a war zone. What can I do?
  • I’m afraid my child will commit a (violent) crime in the name of his religion. How can I prevent that?
  • As a mother or father, what can I do to counteract imminent radicalisation?

Signs of Radicalisation

Every path to radicalisation is different. But there are definitely signs that should alert you to look for advice. For example, these signs may include that your son or daughter …

  • … calls you and old friends infidels.
  • … is frequently visiting websites and videos of so-called “hate preachers” on the internet.
  • … is giving up his or her previous lifestyles, such as hobbies, music, makeup, clothing, food.
  • … is repeatedly saying that Muslims are oppressed all over the world.
  • … is withdrawing from all family activities and avoiding his or her old circle of friends.
  • … represents radical views and does not tolerate other opinions besides his or her religion.

If you are in doubt as to whether your child may have become radicalised, then please contact one of our counselling centres or the hotline of the Advice Centre on Radicalisation of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF): +49 (0)911 943 43 43