The Mail is reporting figures that suggest one child a day is identified as being at risk of radicalisation by security authorities.
With fears growing about children and teenagers being drawn into terrorism, a project set up by the Home Office in the wake of the 7/7 bombings has reported a sharp rise in the number of youngsters being referred including dozens under the age of 12…
Between April 2012 and June 2014 a total of 834 under 18-year-olds were reported to Channel.
Around one in ten – 84 – were under 12, data from the National Police Chiefs Council ( NPCC) obtained by the Press Association shows.
Security Minister John Hayes said: ‘As a country, we have a duty to challenge, at every turn, the twisted narrative that has corrupted some of our vulnerable young people…’
The data shows that the problem is growing, with a sharp rise in the number of children referred.
In 2012-13 a total of 290 youths and children were reported to Channel, but the figure increased by almost 50 per cent to 423 the following year.
In the three months from April last year, 121 under 18s were referred. If that rate continued throughout the year, it would result in an annual total of 484…
What we don’t know is whether the numbers are growing because there are more young people at risk or because the Channel project is better known.
Either way, the numbers appear worrying. What do you think? Please let us know in the comments or via Twitter…
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