Government and academic research has consistently indicated that there is no single socio-demographic profile of a terrorist in the UK, and no single pathway leading to involvement in extremism. Terrorists come from a variety of backgrounds and appear to become involved in different ways and for differing reasons.
No single factor is enough to cause someone to join a terrorist movement. Instead, several factors together – a ‘perfect storm’ – create the conditions under which radicalisation to terrorism can occur. With the right interventions it is possible to prevent an individual from becoming radicalised in the first stage, and to prevent those already holding extremist views from acting violently.