Rise in anti-terror referrals for children

Figures released by the Home Office for 2016 show that there were 7,631 referrals to the Prevent scheme because of concerns about radicalisation. Of these 2,127 were under 15 years old, including over 500 girls, but only 381 of them required specialist help. In one case, a child of nine was referred to Prevent after he spoke in favour of ISIS at his school after viewing online propaganda. He apparently subsequently received help from the government’s intensive de-radicalisation programme Channel. Although usually associated with Islamic fundamentalism, the figures released show that far-right groups are also causing concern