Friday, 22 January 2016

Figures for Channel programme are rising

"A total of 415 children aged 10 and under have been referred to the government's deradicalisation programme in England and Wales over the last four years, the BBC has learned."

"National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) figures obtained by the BBC show 1,424 children aged 11-15 were also referred."

"The `Channel` scheme, set up after the 7 July London bombings, aims to steer people away from extremism." [See below and decide who the extremists are.]

"The government says the scheme has successfully deradicalised people."

"The BBC obtained NPCC figures, under a Freedom of Information request, which showed that a total of 1,839 children aged 15 and under had been referred over concerns they were at risk of radicalisation between January 2012 and December 2015."

"The figures show referrals are rising year on year. "

"The `Channel` programme, which is part of the government's counter-terrorism strategy, focuses on identifying people who are vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism and providing them with support to stop that from happening. "

"Those at risk of right-wing extremism can also be referred..."

"Under laws brought in last summer, schools, prisons, the NHS, and local authorities have a legal obligation, known as the "Prevent Duty", to spot individuals who might be vulnerable to extremism and radicalisation."

"One parent, Ifhat Shaheen, told the BBC her 14-year-old son was interrogated by people working on the government's counter-terrorism strategy after he mentioned the word "eco-terrorists" in school..."

"`Channel` is the government's programme designed to stop vulnerable people from being drawn into violent and non-violent extremist or terrorist behaviour. "

"It is an `early intervention` scheme, designed to work with individuals of any age who are at risk of being exploited by extremist or terrorist ideologues."


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