The Mail is reporting that more than 300 children were identified as being at risk of radicalisation in just three months amid what it describes as growing fears about youngsters being drawn into terrorism.
The total number of people referred to a government programme to tackle recruitment by fanatical groups soared to 796 between June and August, double the figure in the first three months of this year…
The Channel project, set up by the Home Office in the wake of the 7/7 bombings, has reported a sharp rise in the number of referals.
At one point this summer, 10 people per day were having their details sent to the counter-terror project.
It comes after a new legal requirement was placed on public bodies including schools and councils to stop people being drawn into terrorism…
David Cameron used his speech to the Tory party conference yesterday to warn the country must ‘really confront extremism’.
‘When I read what some young people born and brought up in this country are doing, it makes me feel sick to my stomach,’ he said.
‘Girls not much older than my eldest daughter, swapping loving family homes and straight-A futures for a life of servitude under ISIL, in a land of violence and oppression.
‘Boys who could do anything they wanted in Britain – who have benefited from all this country stands for – instead ending up in the desert wielding a knife.’
According to latest figures, obtained by the Press Association, 796 people were referred to Channel between June and August this year including 312 who were under 18.
There were more referrals between June and August than for the whole of 2012-13 – the first year the scheme was rolled out across England and Wales.
The number is also more than double the level of referrals recorded in the first three months of 2014-15…
Not all of those referred are subsequently judged as being vulnerable to radicalisation.
Previous estimates suggested that one in five cases were assessed as needing support from Channel programmes, with the rest passed to other more appropriate services…
More awareness and the legal obligation on schools could presumably be responsible for the increase in numbers, especially amongst under eighteens?
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