While the law relating to violent extremism is clear, it is useful to remember that there is no single definition of extremism or violent extremism. With that in mind, broader explanations include
The lack of an agreed definition means that exploring issues around safeguarding against violent extremism with communities, young people and colleagues presents a need to engage with different ideas and perceptions. Having unusual or even ‘radical’ views is not illegal, and in a diverse society differences are the norm rather than the exception. Freedom of speech is to be respected – preventing violent extremism relates to the promotion or justification of violence and hate.