The Evening Standard is reporting that a pupil at a Hampstead primary school has become one of the youngest children to be referred to a counter-terrorism agency after being deemed at risk of Islamic radicalisation.
Concerns about the child at Fleet Primary School have been escalated to the Government’s Channel project, which was set up in the wake of the July 7 bombings in 2005 to identify children likely to be drawn into extremism.
The referral of the child to the programme, run by the Home Office and Association of Chief Police Officers, was revealed by the chairman of governors at the school, Kim Issroff.
At a meeting of Camden council’s children, schools and families scrutiny committee, she said: “The concern is that it is an increasing problem in our community. Unfortunately, there are lots of parents who had a bad experience at school and we are not always able to engage with them. Through community leaders is the way to do it.”
It is believed the behaviour of the child’s parents caused concern among staff which led to the referral to Channel. The initiative is part of the Prevent programme, which identifies those at risk of being drawn into terrorism…
We obviously know none of the details here, but the principle of a primary school child being referred in this way is just awful.
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